Swiss authorities are preparing to implement tough measures to prevent violence among hooligans from rival football teams.

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Switzerland set to get tough on hooligans

Swiss authorities are preparing to implement tough measures to prevent violence among hooligans from rival football teams.

Switzerland set to get tough on hooligans
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In an interview with newspaper Der Sonntag, Matthias Remund, director of the Federal Office of Sports said authorities will tighten the screws on hooligans. He said it is especially important to know who is in the stadium, and proposed three measures: prohibiting fireworks at games; banning flags, so hooligans cannot cover their faces; and introducing tickets with integrated electronic identity codes.

“It is sad to think that in the future it will be necessary to come to the stadium two hours before the game, as it is at airports,” Remund said.

The measures will be discussed this week during the conference of cantonal justice and police directors (CDJP).

Hooliganism has been a long-standing problem in Switzerland, but the violence that broke out during the October 2nd derby game between Grasshoper FC and FC Zurich was the final straw. It was the first time in the history of Swiss football that a professional match was abandoned due to rioting.

Zurich authorities are already considering the introduction of electronic bracelets for fans banned from stadiums, the canton’s chief of justice, Martin Graf, told newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. The devices will send out a radio signal when the bearer enters a defined perimeter.

The Grasshopper FC-Zurich FC game was first stopped after fans threw firecrackers, but restarted a few minutes later. The referee finally decided to end the game after 77 minutes due to continued unrest with hosts Grasshopper leading 2-1.

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ZURICH

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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