Home Page
 
news 08 Nov 13

Serbia Mulls New Drive Against Hooligan Fans

Serbian officials say the country needs to toughen the law on sporting violence following more fan misbehaviour at a Belgrade football match last weekend.

Belgrade

Milivoj Mirkov, the cabinet member in charge of security, said that Serbia had to change the law to crack down on sports-related violence.

"We need to define what a fan group is, what its structure, rights and responsibilities are, its relationship with the club, and the way it is financed," he said.

"This way, we would separate loyal fans from hooligans," Mirkov added, on Thursday.

The call comes after fan misbehaviour marred the weekend match between rival Belgrade football teams Red Star and Partizan. Partizan fans lit a massive bonfire in their section of the stands.

Red Star won the match 1-0 to move within one point of current leaders Partizan.

Under the existing law on prevention of violence in sport, from 2003, the match organizer is responsible for any violence that may occur at the event.

But Mirkov said match organisers were not capable of combating hooliganism on their own, and it was time for the state to step in.

Following repeated outbursts of sporting violence in the past few years, the authorities have pledged to introduce special courts and prosecutors to help deal with hooligans, as well as special police forces, but nothing has happened as yet.

UEFA has fined Serbia's football association on several occasions for violence and racist behaviour on the part of football fans.

Nenad Borovcanin, a former professional boxer and state secretary for sport, on Monday said the government should follow in Britain's footsteps in tackling football hooliganism.

British football matches were once notorious for racism and violence - but no longer.

"The response of the state must be strong like the one Britain made when they... introduced severe punishments for all offenders," Borovcanin said.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

albanian-former-minister-takes-support-after-charges-on-drug-trafficking-10-20-2017
20 Oct 17

Albania Parliament Stalls on Allowing MP's Arrest

Albania's parliament has postponed a decision on whether to allow the arrest of MP Saimir Tahiri on drugs smuggling charges until Saturday.

20 Oct 17

Winds of Change

20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

20 Oct 17

Kosovo Readies for Sunday's Local Elections

20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Premium Selection

political-war-in-moldova-threatens-army-10-20-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

louder-than-guns-croatia-s-wartime-patriotic-singers-10-18-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Louder than Guns’: Croatia’s Patriotic Wartime Singers

A new documentary about huge number of Croatian patriotic songs recorded during the 1990s conflict shows how musicians volunteered their talents to support the ‘Homeland War’ for independence.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo