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Bill proposes ban of movement between districts of organised fans

A bill allowing Police to ban movement between districts of hooligans who go to football matches “under the disguise of organized fans” is to be submitted before the Cabinet on Wednesday.

This is what Philenews reports citing Justice Minister Stefi Drakou who presented the work carried out by the Ministry during her 20 months of service. This is the last meeting of the Nicos Anastasaides administration’s Cabinet following presidential elections in Cyprus earlier this month.

The new law, if approved, would allow the police chief to examine a possible ban on movement of fans between districts.

A number of violent incidents have been taking place recently inside and outside football stadiums in Cyprus, with rival fans clashing and riot police unable to make arrests.

Drakou said: “I do not accept criticism against our Police Force which, I believe, has made every effort on its part to deal with this upsetting phenomenon.”

She added: “Because I believe that it should be a collective effort and not just the responsibility of the Police.”

On the hot issue of the movement of organised fans from one district to another, she said that where necessary and depending on the risk assessment the Police should have the power to take relevant decisions.

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