Poland approves strict measures to ensure stadium security for Euro 2012

14:06, June 01, 2011      

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The Polish government approved a package of draft laws on mass-scale events and measures to ensure football stadium security during next year's European Championship, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"I hope that this will end a debate whether the state should ensure safety of citizens and institutions or continue to allow stadium hooligans to do anything they want. The recent weeks showed that strict measures could produce desirable results," Tusk was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.

The drafts envisage stadium bans and summary trials of hooligans, stiff penalties for the possession of knives or dangerous tools in stadiums, for attacking security forces, and for covering one's face during matches. They are also planned to allow local provincial governors to terminate an ongoing sports event in case of violence.

Tusk said that if soccer clubs did not introduce an integrated identification system of fans, their stadiums would be banned from hosting sport events.

The prime minister expressed the hope that the Sejm (lower house) would pass the package still before the beginning of a new season and added he had already discussed the issue with Sejm Speaker Grzegorz Schetyna.

The Euro 2012 soccer championship, to be hosted by Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1, 2012, will take place in four Polish cities of Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan as well as four Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Lvov, Donetsk and Kharkov.

Source: Xinhua
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