New Council of Europe convention aims to make football matches safe for all

EPA/Leszek Szymanski

Police surround soccer fans outside the stadium prior to a Polish Cup match between Polonia Warsaw and Legia Warsaw in the Polish capital.

New Council of Europe convention aims to make football matches safe for all


We have seen the start of the UEFA EURO 2016 marred by violence inside and outside football stadiums; old stereotypes about football fans resurfacing with a new slant; fitter hooligans following a violent, nationalistic agenda unconnected to any idea of fair play. We have seen sport being used to reinforce divisions.
This is everything that sport should not be.
What can we do?
The Council of Europe has prepared a new convention to ensure that football and other sports matches are safe, secur...


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