The widespread problem of hooliganism at athletic stadiums and centres continued on Sunday, August 18, when nine fans of the Ružomberok football club were injured after supporters of the Slovan Bratislava club threw a smoke bomb at them. Two of those injured were children, the Sme daily wrote in its Tuesday issue.
The FC Slovan apologised for the incident and promised to boost security measures. It also announced it would offer a €5,000 reward to anyone helping to uncover the identity of the attackers, and it also promised a lifelong ban on personal attendance at the Slovan stadium for the culprits. The Belasa Šlachta (Blue Nobility) fan club condemned the attack, as did the players and the head of the Slovak Football Association, Jan Kováčik.
Sme quoted Peter Sepeši, a member of the Football Association board and co-author of the recent amendment to become effective as of January 2014, that repeated hooliganism should be made a crime rather than a misdemeanour; and that it shall be recorded in a central registry so that hooligans can be prevented from attending future matches.
Sme wrote that so far all measures against hooliganism connected to sports appear to be toothless, in spite of camera systems and security checks. Minor incidents are considered mere misdemeanours and hooligans usually return to the stadium after being released by police.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Aug 2013 at 10:00