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CCTV would be a big step in stopping the hooligans

Published tisdag 26 april 2011 kl 12.12
Aftonbladet writer Erik Niva
(8:21 min)

There are calls on Tuesday for Swedish football to punish the individual hooligans who cause the sort of trouble witnessed at yesterday's Syrianska - AIK match and not punish the clubs repeatedly with fines and matches behind closed doors.

Aftonbladet football writer Erik Niva, who was at yesterday's match which was abandoned after 20 minutes, told Radio Sweden that its time that proper CCTV cameras were introduced at every ground to pick out the troublemakers.

"We've had cameras for years in Sweden but they just don't work, the quality of the pictures isn't good enough to identify the culprits, so what we need to do is make sure that each ground in Sweden has in place a proper CCTV system , which would be a big step in the right direction to punishing the hooligans.

Erik Niva says the problem is that clubs don't want to pay for the cameras and if they can't afford them, then the government should perhaps intervene or the Swedish Football Federation should use some of its money received by fining the clubs.

"We've been slow to react in Sweden, we've been waiting for ten years for the problem to go away either by itself or by someone else's doing. Of course the Swedish clubs aren't financially strong, so it would be a big investment for some of them but at this stage you can't afford not to make this investment. Maybe the millions of kronor paid in fines by the clubs should be used to pay for the cameras instead of it just disappearing into the federation."

Monday's match between Syrianska and AIK in Södertälje was abandoned after 20 minutes because the safety of the match officials could not be guaranteed. Shortly after an AIK player had been sent off, an assistant referee was hit by a firework thrown from the terraces and needed hospital treatment. A dozen more fireworks were thrown onto the pitch. Syrianska were leading 1-nil at the time. The match result and the amount of fines or points deductions is yet to be decided.

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