LAST UPDATE: 12.13
A series of provisions, which tighten the legal framework for dealing with fan violence, were presented today by the Ministers of Justice Costas Tsiaras, and the Minister of Civil Protection Takis Theodorikakos, the Deputy Minister of Sports Lefteris Avgenakis, and the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman. As Mr. Tsiaras stressed, the government’s legislative initiatives aim to close all the “windows” of the existing legal framework.
Among other things, it was announced that the sentence framework for crimes of fan violence is being increased from six months to 5 years. In certain cases of dangerous perpetrators, a sentence of 2 to 5 years will be provided. A special criminal offense is introduced for those who have covered their facial features during a sports match, with a prison sentence of at least six months. It is prohibited to suspend the sentence for crimes of fan violence, which will be tried as a matter of priority. In case of postponement of the trial, the imposition of restrictive conditions becomes mandatory.
The Minister of Civil Protection, Takis Theodorikakos, called on all stakeholders to join forces against violence, gave an account of the actions of the Greek Police over the past two weeks and stressed that the inspections will continue without exception.
The Deputy Minister of Sports, Lefteris Avgenakis, announced the suspension of the operation of all fan clubs and their branches until July 31, 2022.
Mr. Oikonomou, at the beginning of the briefing, noted that the central priority of the government legislative initiatives that are being announced at the moment, is the principle of zero tolerance against any violent and abusive behavior.
For his part, Mr. Theodorikakos noted that there should be no other Alkis, victim of this absurdity of violence, It is time to kill together as a state and as citizens, the mountainous hydra of hooliganism, to join forces. For the Greek Police, the law is a law and applies to everyone, he underlined.
In the video below you can see the announcements for the additional legislative initiatives of the government to deal with fan violence.
You can see in detail the measures to deal with fan violence in the attached files in the right column “RELATED ARCHIVES”.