The Minister of Internal Administration, José Luis Carneiro, met the President of Lega Portugal, Pedro Proenca – the meeting was also attended by the Minister of State for Internal Administration, Isabel Onto, and the Minister of State for Youth and Sports, João Paulo Correa – with the aim of discussing measures to be taken in terms of security in the venues where the performances are held sports, as well as combating sports-related violence.
Finally, in a note to the media, the government welcomed “the will expressed by Liga Portugal to implement the measures contained in the law in 2019, which were affected by the pandemic period and now need to be implemented”.
Among the commitments made by Pedro Proenca are some that have led to some debate.
“By law, the security of the sports stadium and the security rings are the responsibility of the promoters of the sports show, and the security forces are responsible for monitoring compliance with these rules and ensuring public safety. It should be noted that the legislation in force already includes measures such as: the implementation by organizers and promoters of sports shows of social and educational prevention measures; – the creation of a computer system for the issuance and sale of tickets by the organizer of the sports competition; Issuance of symbolic tickets for entry to certain areas of the stadiums; the possibility that the procedure for preventing and entering the stadiums is accompanied by the obligation to provide the supporter to the authorities; the possibility of applying ancillary sanction to sporting events behind closed doors or banning certain areas; Supervision by the security forces of the preventive and security inspection at the entrances to the stadiums; Establish a brief process to ensure the speed of the processes processed by the Authority to Prevent and Combat Violence in Sport (APCVD), whose decision is published on the relevant digital page.
“There was consensus on the importance of preventive measures with regard to safety in sports stadiums, specifically the follow-up to recommendations resulting from the inspections conducted in sports stadiums in 2020 by the Violence Assessment in Sports (GAVD) team. It is reported that the legal system for combating violence in sports performances, approved by Law 39/2009 (30 July) and amended in 2019, allowed the APCVD to increase its effectiveness in the field of administrative offenses in terms of: the value of fines; Very brief process, simple and quick conclusion; The possibility of applying precautionary measures to prevent entering the sports stadium and keeping the defendant away from the stadiums pending the issuance of a final decision in the relevant case.” Combating violence in sports:
The APCVD, which is strictly devoted to sports matters, has implemented 209 measures banning fans from sports stadiums in the current football season, which corresponds to an increase of 1045% compared to the ban 2 measures implemented in the previous season to enter into force. The aforementioned legislative amendment (2018/2019). These data refer only to cases that have been decided by the Anti-Corruption Authority, to which cases that have been decided in judicial proceedings (applied by the courts) must be added. »
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