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Curbing sports-related violence

Hooligan register gets agency approval

Police speak to a football hooligan in Växjö, southern Sweden. File photo: Marina Eliasson/Swedish Radio

The proposal to keep a national register of football hooligans has been approved by the Data Inspection Board, meaning a new law is likely to come into effect at the start of next year, Swedish Radio reports.

"We think it is good that a register is put in place," said Göran Gräslund, the Data Inspection Board's director general. "What's very important, though, is that there is a strong protection of individual privacy."

This spring, a government inquiry said that football fans who have been banned from a stadium in Sweden should be registered in a database to prevent hooliganism.

The Data Inspection Board's approval means the register, and a number of the inquiry's other proposals, such as banning hooligans from being within 300 metres of a stadium, will be voted on in parliament this autumn.

"I count on politicians to make a decision later this autumn and that the register will be in use by January 2013," said Björn Eriksson, who headed the investigation.

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