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Six fan offences at football matches downgraded from criminal top disciplinary

The football fan ID cards were introduced to curb football violence

The government is looking to downgrade certain offences committed in stadiums from criminal to disciplinary but it appears lighting flares on the stands will not be one of them.

According to daily Politis, the justice ministry has prepared a list of the offences, with the six most important ones being throwing plastic cups on the pitch, display of banners with abusive contents, attempting to enter the stadium with someone else’s fan card, illegal sale of tickets, and verbal abuse of players and refs.

The paper quotes Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou making clear that lighting flares on the terraces, as had been suggested, would not be downgraded to a disciplinary offence.

It emerged recently that organised fans had demanded lighting flares be downgraded and be considered a criminal offence only if they are thrown onto the pitch.

No concessions will be made on racist behaviour either, the minister said.

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