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CCTV, Monitors Weighed to Fight Hooliganism

The government is weighing several options suggested by UK experts to fight football hooliganism, including closed circuit TV, monitors on the pitch, and mandatory fan identity cards, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou.

Parliament's legal committee is studying the various options on the table, said Stefanou. Meanwhile, the police have been asked to draw up stringent plans to tackle violence at the football stadia, he said.

"We need a consistent and systematic approach against violence...it is a collective effort that should continue," said Stefanou.

The number of violent incidents at football and other sports games attended by the public has risen alarmingly. The number of cases rose from 79 cases in 2009 to 114 cases in 2010, according to the latest police statistics. In one recent incident, an off-duty police officer was stabbed in the arm by hooligans and had to have 40 stitches.
 

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