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SBD Global/August 1, 2013/International Football

Argentine FA's Crackdown On Violence Bans Opposing Fans From First Two Matchdays

The Argentine FA has decided that only "local season ticket holders and fans with memberships in their favorite clubs" will be able to attend football games on the first two gamedays of the upcoming season, according to OLE. This "is being added to the measures preventing the attendance of opposing fans at football games" following the death of a fan prior to a first division Estudiantes-Lanus game in June. The Argentine FA's decision "means the local public will see its access to games restricted." Only "fans that have membership cards and are associated with the clubs" will be able to see their respective teams. Next Friday, Argentine FA President Julio Grondona will meet with Argentina National Ministers Cabinet leader Juan Abal Medina to "determine the next steps in the process" of eliminating violence from football (OLE, 7/30). CLARIN reported the Argentine FA on Tuesday "demonstrated that it is a box of surprises." Tickets "will not be sold and only fans associated with home teams will be able to enter stadiums." This measure "arrives as a consequence of the AFA and government's decision not to let visiting fans enter stadiums, with the goal of preventing local stands from being infiltrated" (CLARIN, 7/30).
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