MPs demand ban on away supporters
18 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — A majority of MPs are demanding new measures be taken against football hooliganism following serious riots in Rotterdam on Sunday.
18 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — A majority of MPs are demanding new measures be taken against football hooliganism following serious riots in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Police arrested 43 people as rioting erupted before and after the Feyenoord-Ajax clash in Rotterdam. Seven police officers and three supporters were injured.
In response, the Lower House of Parliament has proposed that supporters be banned from attending away matches to prevent repeated unrest.
The chief of the Dutch football association (KNVB), Henk Kesler, rejected the proposal, but admitted that the border of acceptability had been reached. He also questioned whether it would be responsible to continue with the present system of handling football fans.
Rotterdam Mayor Ivo Opstelten said he has officially requested a football vandalism auditing team investigate Sunday's drama on the railway and around the city's stadium, the Kuip.
Liberal VVD MP Jan Rijpstra said vandals should be held financially liable for the damages they inflict on public property. He also said football club directors need to display greater guts by permanently banning riot ringleaders from their stadiums.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrat CDA proposed banning supporters attending away matches. The proposal drew support from the main opposition party, Labour PvdA.
CDA MP Joop Atsma also said supporters of the away club should be banned from using trains on match day. Both Atsma and PvdA MP Gerdi Verbeet said Sunday's rioting was simply "unacceptable".
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news