Greece is cracking down on soccer hooligans after the vicious murder of a young soccer fan in Thessaloniki by a fan of a rival team.
Justice Minister Kostas Tsiaras, Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos, Deputy Minister of Sports Lefteris Avgenakis, and government spokesperson Yiannis Economou introduced stricter legal framework for dealing with violence related to sports on Monday.
This new framework aims at closing any loopholes present in existing legislation related to violence and hooliganism in Greek sports.
Legal provisions crack down on sports-related violence
If the law is passed, sentences for violent crimes involving sports fans will be increased from six months to five years.
If the perpetrator in a case has been involved in similar criminal activity in the past, an additional sentence between two and five years will be handed down.