New tickets to halt hooligans

A significant step to drive hooligans out of Greek soccer grounds will be taken in about three weeks, Sports Minister Giorgos Orfanos said yesterday, when firms bid for the contract to set up an electronic ticketing system. The new system will force fans to supply identification when buying their tickets and to show it when entering soccer grounds. Orfanos said this will stop the selling of mass blocks of tickets to clubs of team supporters – often thought to be responsible for violence. This practice of selling tickets in bulk makes it hard to trace troublemakers. The system should be in place for the start of the soccer season in August, when the first division Super League will be launched. Meanwhile, an AEK fan was charged with attempted murder for firing a flare at a coast guard from the ferry carrying supporters from the cup final in Crete. Three other fans were charged with criminal damage.