Football clubs announce anti-hooligan measures

22nd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - The union of professional French football clubs (UCPF) has decided to implement a number of measures to combat violence in football grounds following a meeting on Wednesday.

PARIS, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - The union of professional French football clubs (UCPF) has decided to implement a number of measures to combat violence in football grounds following a meeting on Wednesday.

The UCPF pledged to improve security around stadiums to stop people bringing smoke bombs and explosive devices into the stands.

They also said they would: "remove offensive banners and chants and slogans that could incite hate and violence."

Xenophobic and violent behaviour was also high on the agenda and will be among a number of types of behaviour that will be officially banned.

French football was beset by violence earlier this month during the St Etienne-Lyon derby and Paris St Germain's trip to Sedan.

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Subject: French news

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