The view from the Netherlands

Foootball fans, a law unto themselves

September 21, 2011
By Ernst Bouwes
Little is said in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights about football fans, while they are also overlooked in bills of rights across the globe. This may sound rather dramatic, but in the Netherlands neither football fanatics nor casual followers have proper legal protection. A recently-introduced Dutch football law has been under scrutiny recently as several cases have been hitting the courts, while the handing out of stadium bans also remains in the spotlight.


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