Dutch 'football law' in effect
The so-called "football law" goes into effect today. This is a piece of legislation which grants the Dutch authorities extra powers against people who cause serious public disturbances. Apart from football hooligans, it can also be used against groups or individuals causing trouble in the streets.
It empowers mayors and public prosecutors to imposes bans on specific areas, on stadiums and on groups. People in custody awaiting trial can also be served with restraining orders or supervision orders. Parents of problem children under 12 can be ordered to stop their children hanging around public places unsupervised.
The measures apply to people who have repeatedly committed public order offences and are regarded as likely to re-offend.
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