Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is planning to ban football hooligans from boarding Swiss trains.
In an interview with the Aargauer Zeitung daily, SBB’s chairman Ulrich Gygi said a legal amendment is necessary to waive the company’s obligation to transport every customer who is traveling with a valid ticket.
Gygi said agreements could be put in place with the country's football clubs, which could hire special charter trains for their supporters and be held responsible for possible damage.
He also added that football fans should be required to show a special combo-ticket for the supplementary trains before they are allowed access to sections designated for away fans at Swiss football grounds. A first draft of the new rules will be ready by spring 2012, said the newspaper.
Hooligans in Switzerland are a common sight in the streets during weekend football games and often leave trains in a sorry state.