Policeat a match between Helsingborgs IF and Malmö FF. Photo: Björn Lindgren/Scanpix

Proposal: Police not needed at most matches

Police should not have to guard sports events; security should be organised by arena owners instead. That is one of the conclusions by Björn Eriksson, a government-appointed investigator looking into hooliganism and crime in connection with sports events. Eriksson presented his proposals to the sports minister this morning.

Eriksson says that police should still be called in for back-up during high-risk games, but that otherwise the clubs themselves should be responsible for security, as is the case in the UK and Germany, for example, according to Swedish Radio News.

Fans who are drunk should be stopped from entering the stadia, Eriksson adds, and more should be done to stop organised crime from infiltrating the sporting world.

Investigator: "We've probably been naive"

Two years ago the government appointed former governor Björn Eriksson as coordinator of a project on hooliganism. He presented his final report today. And he says there is a worrying amount of crime and violence involved in the clubs themselves: about 40 percent of sport club bosses and 10 percent of players report that they have been the target of violent threats (The same figure for the police is just 8 percent).

Talking to Björn Eriksson today, he says that people need to realize how big a problem crime is for sports clubs. Presenter: Loukas Christodoulou.

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