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Poland’s government OKs Euro 2012 safety measures

Poland’s government has approved strict measures and fines to ensure stadium security during next year’s European Championship

AP, Tuesday 31 May 2011
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Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday his Cabinet had adopted a new law allowing for stadium bans and summary trials of hooligans during Euro 2012.

It allows for stiff penalties of up to $1,100 for the possession of knives or dangerous tools in stadiums, for attacking security forces, and for covering one’s face during matches.

The law will allow local governors to terminate an ongoing sports event in case of violence.

It is a response to repeated cases of stadium violence and needs approval from the parliament and from President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Poland and Ukraine are co-hosting Euro 2012.                          

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