Crime and Court news / Sport

“Thatcher method” invoked against Italian hooligans

Mr Giovanni Malagò, the President of the Italian Olympic Committee, told the press that Italy should face hooligans “like Mrs Thatcher did”.

Baroness Thatcher is credited with breaking the back of British hooliganism during her tenure as British Prime Minister.

What did the British Government do exactly ?

Football stadiums were renewed, installing seats and closed circuit camera systems. Football teams were compelled to send in security guards at their own expenses. No more police officers inside.

The police created a database of hooligans and a special unit of officers following the supporters during transfers. Fast-track trials were introduced. Hooligans are forced to surrender their passport in order to prevent them to attend matches abroad. A policy of international cooperation is followed, and British hooligans creating trouble abroad are tried in the United Kingdom.

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