Turkish parliamentary committee passes new law on sports violence

A draft law submitted Thursday to Turkish Parliament by a parliamentary committee brings legal changes to stop violence at sports events.

Turkish parliamentary committee passes new law on sports violence

A draft law submitted Thursday to Turkish Parliament by a parliamentary committee brings legal changes to stop violence at sports events.

New law came to the floor after recent violence at sporting events in Turkey. Turkish Football Federation urged lawmakers to pass the new law as soon as possible.

The draft law on Prevention of Violence and Disorder in Sports brings heavy penalties for perpetrators of violence inside and outside a sports venue.

Accordingly, fans who step on the field or get in locker rooms will receive prison sentence up to three years. Perpetrators of violence at sports events will be banned from trainings or matches up to three years as well. Within this time, they have to report to police every time during their teams are having a match. These fans will also be banned from watching international games of their teams or the national team outside the country.

Tickets of sports events will be created and printed electronically. Fans will be able to buy tickets only by the help of an electronic card which will include name, surname, id
card number and photographs of card holders. First division clubs will have one year to complete technical equipments for electronic ticketing. Second division clubs will be granted two years.

The law brings legal sanctions on clubs too. First division sports clubs, who fail to meet legal obligations, will be fined up to 100,000 Turkish lira (63,250 USD). Club executives will also be fined up to 250,000 TL (158,000 USD) if they give offensive messages against opponents, officials, or the federation and they will be banned from sports events up to three months.

People who involve in match-fixing will be sentenced up to 12 years in prison. Fans --who use sharp-pointed or sharp-edged implements such as knives, tools, razor blades, or similar devices at sports events-- will be jailed up to three years if the crime does not require a heavier penalty.

Vulgar or racist chants will also be punished. Fans chanting such slogans will be prisoned up to three years. If they hold such banners, the sentence will be increased by half. Gate crashers will also receive an imprisonment up to one year.

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