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Michel Platini laments rise of hooliganism and suggests creation of European sports police force

UEFA president Michel Platini has highlighted the need for public authorities to get a hold on battling rising hooliganism in the game, reports the BBC.

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Recently a game between Olympiakos and AEK Athens had to be called off after a pitch invasion, and the whole Greek Super League was suspended earlier in the year after crowd trouble.

A video has also emerged of West Ham and Sunderland fans fighting with each other, and the police, on Tuesday.

This comes after many peaceful years, during which people had thought the worst hooliganism to be over in Europe, and now Platini has called for the creation of a ‘European sports police force’ to be put in to place.

The Frenchman said: “In recent months, we have all been struck by certain images that I thought were a thing of the past. Some of us experienced that past at first hand. In my case, it was exactly 30 years ago. Nobody wants a repeat of such events.

“We need tougher stadium bans at European level and – I will say it again – the creation of a European sports police force. This is something I starting calling for back in 2007, just after I was first elected.”

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