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SBD Global/September 12, 2012/International Football

Chile Enacts New Law Against Football Violence

Chile's Vice President Rodrigo Hinzpeter Monday announced a new law that "applies stiff penalties against violence" at football stadiums, according to XINHUA. Hinzpeter enacted the law that "makes it mandatory for a public prosecutor to be present at a match, and holds team owners responsible for acts of vandalism and violence, among other measures." Hinzpeter said that the government "has also created a special police division in charge of security at stadiums." He said: ""This is the first time in the history of Chile that we will have a special high police official in charge of security at stadiums." Hinzpeter added the new law also "prohibits ticket scalping and fixes specific penalties for those who commit violence, including being banned for life from entering a stadium" during a football match (XINHUA, 9/10).
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