Dutch FA pleased with new anti-hooligan plans

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The Dutch football association KNVB is "very pleased" with the government's latest plans to clamp down on football violence and vandalism.

An important aspect of the new policy that Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten sent to the Lower House on Monday is that "respectable" football supporters will no longer find their attendance at matches hindered by measures aimed at hooligans.

The KNVB says the new policy of 'normalization' will mean a more hospitable welcome for both home and away fans. The worst football hooligans will be placed on a 'top 10' list. At the end of this year, each of the country's 25 regional police forces must have such a list. The new approach will lead to measures against these individuals, such as being banned from football stadiums, rather than measures affecting all supporters.     According to the ministry, the number of incidents at football matches has declined in recent years. It seems that rival hooligans seek confrontation with each other or with the police in other places and at different times." said a spokesman.

Meanwhile, the "respectable" supporters, who just want to watch the match, are still confronted with regulations aimed at a small group of troublemakers, such as being forced to use compulsory transport if they want to support their favourite club at away games.

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