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Press release
Convention on Spectator Violence
Sports Convention Division

On 22nd and 23rd June 2011, the 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular at Football Matches was held in Rome at the invitation of the Italian authorities.

This meeting was a great success. Mr Rocco Crimi, the Secretary of State for Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of the Interior Mr Roberto Maroni, presented the recent progress achieved by Italy in fighting against spectator violence and improving safety and security in Italian stadia. They were very pleased to announce that there have been no major incidents at all during the last football season in the Pro League.

These declarations were welcomed by Paulo Gomes, Chairman of the Standing Committee and Deputy National Director of the Police in Portugal and by Marc Timmer, Head of Stadia and Security of UEFA, who underlined that any action supported by strong political commitment and developed on the basis of European standards, in particular those developed by the Standing Committee of the Council of Europe, can lead to very positive tangible results.

This meeting saw promising developments in view of strengthening the impacts of the Convention:

- Brazil was granted the observer status to the Convention, in the context of the organisation of the FIFA Football World Cup in 2014 and of the Summer Olympic Games in 2016;
- a recommendation on the training of safety officers, supervisors and stewards in sports grounds was adopted;
- and, following a visit of the Standing Committee to Poland in November 2010, a monitoring report was adopted as a contribution to the UEFA EURO 2012 which will be held in Poland and Ukraine next year.

The European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular Football Matches was developed by the Council of Europe and entered into force on 1 November 1985. A Standing Committee was set up to follow the implementation of the Convention, to adopt recommendations and to reply to new challenges.

For more information: www.coe.int/sport