Gov’t unveils tough measures on soccer violence

Tough new legislation to combat soccer violence was unveiled in a draft bill by the leftist Greek government on Friday.

“We unveil the sports legislation with emergency measures to combat violence and within the next few days we shall have a discussion and a vote in parliament on the bill,” said Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis.

Under the new legislation the government would have the right to impose fines ranging from 10,000 to 25 million euros for violent incidents, to order the postponement or abandoning of sporting events and even to prohibit teams from playing in European competition.

The legislation also includes the possibility of fines to be imposed on media for showing or inciting violence and prison for individuals from unrecognized supporters clubs for issuing tickets.

It also sets out guidelines on the use of cameras and electronic ticketing while referees will be required to submit financial statements of their wealth to the relevant authorities.

“I hope everyone can understand the determination of the government to combat the sickness in Greek sports. We seek the cooperation of all statutory bodies and are confident that we will succeed in our common goal,” Kontonis said.


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