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Spectator violence

30th anniversary of the European Convention on Spectator Violence
International conference in Brussels, 17 June 2015

The Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence, in cooperation with the Belgian authorities, is organising a conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and, in particular, at Football Matches (CETS. 120) in Brussels (Belgium) on 17 June 2015. The conference will discuss how the Convention contributed to the promotion of safe, secure and welcoming environment at sport events and how it should respond to current and emerging challenges in this field. It will also be an occasion to commemorate the victims of the Heysel disaster on 29 May 1985. (more…)

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The death of Jo VANHECKE

It’s with a deep sadness that the entire Council of Europe’s Sport team informs you of the death of Jo Vanhecke, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence.

Jo was not only a great professional but above all a colleague and friend for many of us. We would like to pay tribute to his motivation and dedication towards the Standing Committee, which will miss him greatly.

Below you will find the official message from his Director general:
“With deep regret and sorrow, the Directorate General Security and Prevention regrets to announce the passing away of Jo Vanhecke, Director of the football Unit. Our deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to his wife and children. The Federal Public Service of Home Affairs as well as the entire community working on football security and prevention has lost a founder and one of its great pioneers and trailblazers. We will miss Jo Vanhecke dearly. Philip Willekens, Director general.”

Our thoughts today are with Jo’s family, in particular his wife and children.

   
   
   
   

The Council of Europe actively fights against spectator violence, particularly in football. In this respect, coordination between the Council of Europe and all States parties to the Convention is necessary. The Council of Europe is committed to overseeing the correct implementation of the terms of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events through the organization of evaluation visits in the States parties. Following these visits, evaluation reports, measuring the improvements carried out by each country, are compiled.

Furthermore, in order to closely monitor progress in these countries, States are under obligation to complete a questionnaire which forms the basis for a report which will analyse all suggestions and information gathered.

The Council of Europe not only ensures the correct implementation of the provisions of the Convention, but it is also involved in intergovernmental coordination with regard to international events such as the World Cup and the Euro. The work of the Council of Europe in this context consists of organising meetings with the different bodies responsible for security. (more…).

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Reference documents

European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular at Football Matches (1985)
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Information leaflet on the Convention on spectator violence

Recommendation Rec(2001)6 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the prevention of Racism, Xenophobia and Racial Intolerance in sport

Other reference documents on spectator violence

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The states’ compliance with the Convention

The international conference on Ultras, 17-18 February 2010, Vienna (Austria)

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