People who misbehave around football matches are dealt with more harshly.

Outgoing minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) has made agreements about this with the KNVB, directors of the clubs, mayors with professional football clubs in their municipality, the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM).

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One of the agreements made is that supporters who are guilty of the heaviest category in football violence will from now on be dealt with through criminal law.

The clubs, municipalities and police will also recover as much as possible the damage in the stadium, to street furniture and, for example, police vans from the perpetrators of violence and destroyers.

High-quality cameras will also be installed in more places in and around stadiums.

Perpetrators are then easier to identify.

There will also be a trial with an app early next year.

In this way, a person obliged to report can demonstrate that he is not present in that area during a certain football match.

"A targeted approach of three different groups that screw things up: the ringleaders with chants and those who throw beer, an emerging group of rioters with more violent young people and the category that is guilty of serious criminal behaviour, extreme violence and, for example, threats to the elderly. -Feyenoord director Mark Koevermans," said Minister Grapperhaus about the new agreements.

During NEC-Vitesse in October, things got completely out of hand.

During NEC-Vitesse in October, things got completely out of hand.

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KNVB happy with approach, but sees no point deduction

The KNVB is pleased with the person-oriented approach.

The Football and Security Audit Team, which advises organizations on how to tackle violence in football in the Netherlands, is conducting in-depth research into the disturbances of recent months in and around Dutch football stadiums.

That study should be completed by March.

The football association sees nothing further in previously suggested plans to deduct points for clubs or to leave the box empty for visitors of the playing club.

"The starting point is and remains as much as possible that the good should not suffer from the bad. That means that all benevolent and right-thinking supporters should be able to continue to enjoy their football and their club in a safe and pleasant way."

For persons who are given a national stadium ban of one year or longer for the third time, the stadium ban will be converted into a lifelong stadium ban, according to the KNVB.

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