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SBD Global/August 18, 2014/International Football

Poland To Scrap Supporters' Cards In Bid To Boost Attendance At Football Matches

In a bid to boost attendance of football matches in Poland, the parliament's Physical Culture and Sports commission "unveiled a legislative proposal to scrap supporters' cards which are currently a prerequisite for attending Polish league matches," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Under the plan, the cards "will be cancelled" in the '15-16 season. The cards, which are currently issued to supporters by clubs, "will be replaced by regular identification documents, such as ID cards or passports, enabling fans to purchase tickets online without prior registration at stadiums." This "will also allow supporters of local sides to attend matches hosted by rival clubs." Opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party MP Andrzej Betkowski said, "These modifications are designed as a nod towards [football supporters], as without them [matches] are dead" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/15).
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