Minister tackles violence in sport
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People who commit violence against referees should be punished more severely. Health Minister Edith Schippers has drawn up an action plan for parliament entitled: 'Towards a safer sports climate' to tackle violence in sport.
She wants courts to take a harder line against anyone who attacks a referee on or off the field, handing down sentences comparable to attacks on members of staff in the emergency services.
The plan of action includes a number of points to improve behaviour towards referees who give up their free time to adjudicate matches. Courses for referees should also include training to deal with aggressive behaviour. Clubs will be asked to draw up a clear code of conduct for their members.
Minister Schippers says, "Sports are great fun and we want to keep it that way. This plan of actions makes it 'game, set and match' for sporting behaviour both on and off the field."
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