Zero Tolerance Against Violence in Professional Football

Following the death of Lazio supporter’s Gabriele Sandri, occured yesterday in the Italian region of Tuscany, during the rioting between Lazio and Juventus’ supporters, and the incidents in the northern city of Bergamo before Atalanta’s home game against AC Milan, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) has reacted promptly and strongly by condemning these new heartbreaks of violence and fully endorsing the measures taken by the Italian Football League. On behalf of the EPFL and all its affiliated Leagues, the General Manager, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, wishes to express to the family of the deceived supporter, our deepest condolences.

The General Manager also reaffirms the EPFL and its member Leagues’ total commitment to combat this flagellum that currently undermines the core principles and integrity of the game and poses a threat to its long term future across Europe. Furthermore, Emanuel Medeiros states “The football family and all responsible entities need urgently to take stronger action and, above all, enhance cooperation to effectively prevent and eradicate this detrimental social phenomenon of violence in football”.

Within this context, the Association will sign next Wednesday 14 November 2007, in Madrid, the EPFL Convention ?ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST VIOLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL? which aims to take appropriate measures and strategies to control and prevent violent behavior at football matches (both on and off the pitch). This document recommends the adoption and implementation, at the national level, of a number of guidelines and best practices in key areas such as issuing and selling of tickets, relationships between clubs, and supporters, cooperation with local and national authorities, among many others and also the creation of a Commission composed by the most knowledgeable experts on this field.

On the occasion, the official event will count with the distinguished presence of Mr. Jaime Lissavetsky Diez (Spanish Sport Ministry) and representatives from the European Commission as well as UEFA and FIFA.

We welcome all media representatives wishing to attend the above mentioned event and the EPFL Press Conference which will take place immediately after the EPFL General Assembly at 17:00pm at the premises of the Spanish Professional Football League (C/ Hernandez de Tejada 10, 28027 Madrid).

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the EPFL:
+41 22 308 5103.

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