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Hooligans to face clampdown

Swiss Federal Railways is pushing ahead with plans to ban football hooligans from trains in a crackdown on violence and alcohol abuse.

The chairman, Ulrich Gygi, said preparations were underway to seek a legal amendment exempting the railway company from the obligation to transport any customer with a valid ticket.

Gygi said football clubs should be asked to hire trains and pay for any damage caused by rioting passengers.

“This method has proved successful in other countries,” Gygi told the Aargauer Zeitung.

In an effort to put pressure on clubs and the football association, police directors from the 26 cantons have called for the right to cancel individual games and ban fans from regular trains.

The proposals – the latest in a series to clamp down on increasing violence over the past few years – are to be discussed at a meeting of cantonal and municipal police in September, according to the SonntagsZeitung.

On Saturday, several hundred fans from Basel refused to get off a special train near Bern’s football stadium and insisted on marching from the main station through the city centre.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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