Number of Police Personnel in Football Matches to be Decreased in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 May / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani parliamentary Commission on Social Policy has approved the joining of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe's program intended to cut the number of police personnel in football matches. "In Azerbaijan about 5,000 or 6,0000 of police personnel are deployed at the football match to provide the security. The Council of Europe considers that this high number of police just irritates the attendances in stadiums and lead to negative results. Therefore, the number of police in stadiums should be decreased as soon as possible," MP Eyvaz Gurbanov, representative from Azerbaijan in the Sport Games Committee of Council of Europe, stated.
The meeting focused on discussions of Azerbaijan joining the Council of Europe Convention related to the sports.
"The Council of Europe considers that the citizens themselves must provide security in stadiums during the games," Gurbanov said.
Gurbanov said the document will come into force after its ratification by Council of Europe member-countries.
Sixteen countries Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, San-Marino, Slovenia, Macedonia and Britain have already joined the convention.
Commission has approved the document and recommended to submit it to the Parliament for consideration.
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