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Government's bill to combat fan violence under scrutiny

Stakeholders identify flaws in government's anti-violence bill

Pavlos Neophytos

Further discussion between the Ministry of Justice and relevant stakeholders regarding the proposed law on tackling fan violence, presented to Parliament by the ministry on Wednesday, was deemed necessary during the session in the Parliament's Legal Committee.

Significant objections were raised from various quarters, notably the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), clubs, police unions, and lawmakers.

Throughout the discussion, there was a recurring question about whether the existing measures are being effectively implemented, leading to concerns that the government's proposed legislation might be more of a showpiece than a substantive solution.

It's worth noting that George Koumas, the president of the CFA, has committed to suspending matches if, during ongoing consultations with stakeholders, there are concerns about public safety based on information from the Chief of Police indicating serious incidents.

This measure will remain in place until stakeholders reach a consensus and lawmakers enact legislation.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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