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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria tighten hooligan laws
VIENNA, June 20 (Reuters) - The Austrian government has agreed to introduce new anti-hooligan measures to deal with potential local troublemakers at next year's European Championship finals.
Following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the government
announced that known hooligans would be told to report to police
stations four hours before particular matches in an effort to
stop them causing trouble at stadiums.
The new rules, which still need parliamentary approval, were
originally criticised by Justice Minister Maria Berger who said
the concept of 'preventative custody' could violate civil
Berger said on Wednesday that the phrase had been removed
from the government's new wording, which instead calls for past
offenders to be lectured on Austrian law during their visit to
the police station.
Austria and neighbouring Switzerland are staging the 2008
tournament which runs from June 7-29.
Switzerland has already introduced similar anti-hooligan
measures which came into force at the start of this year.