Clubs and police in favor of the revocation of the fan card, but with PSP “reservations”


The Bill 920/XIV/2, of the Liberal Initiative (IL), which “Revokes the ‘Adept’s Card’, for the non-discrimination and stigmatization of citizens in sports venues”, was generally approved on November 10, but presents some implementation difficulties, according to the opinions issued by the League of Clubs and, above all, by the PSP.

In the opinion requested by the Committee on Education, Science, Youth and Sports, the police authority begins by understanding that “the elimination of the supporter’s card will not constitute an obstacle to the performance of security operations”, but he points out that this happens “as long as the other rules are maintained.” provided for in the legal framework for security and combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sporting events (RJSED).

In this sense, he expresses, from the outset, “reservations regarding the revocation of paragraph 3 of article 16-A”, which required the purchase of tickets electronically by members of the Organized Groups of Fans (GOA), which will allow, according to PSP, that “may continue to sell tickets and, thus, illicitly finance themselves”.

Plus, the revocation of this point “prevents the promoter from being able to operationalize its duty to prevent access to the venue to any individuals on whom a measure prohibiting access to sports venues has been applied.”, adds the PSP in its opinion.

In addition, the PSP is preliminary and intransigently opposed to the elimination of ZCEAPs [Zonas com Condições Especiais de Acesso e Permanência] or the revocation of their exclusivity as places where large-scale choreographic materials can be used”, stresses the police authority in the document available on the website of the Assembly of the Republic.

At this point, the PSP gathers some agreement from the clubs that, although “not considering that ZCEAPs are a necessary assumption” to achieve the objectives of the current legal regime, “accept that, with the respective implementation having taken place with significant effort” of the various agents involved, “the time has not yet come, without further consideration, for its extinction”.

However, the clubs, who met on Thursday to deliberate the opinion, “understand that the revocation of the fan card is imperative.”, depending on your “inadequacy to the sporting reality, but, and above all, to the public perception generated in the meantime regarding its extinction, since its approval in general”.

However, while the PSP “agrees to the replacement of the ‘Adept’s Card’ by the ‘Citizen’s Card’” to gain access to the ZCEAP, the clubs consider that the “it cannot, without additional framing, deserve the support of professional football”.

The clubs question this and other measures that “needed further implementation, such as the identification of all supporters through the Citizen’s Card”, but PSP remembers that “RJSED already provides for mandatory photo identification” for access to sports shows.

The bill proposed by IL to revoke the fan’s card was approved on November 10 by the parliament, in plenary session, in the Assembly of the Republic, about three months after the effective implementation.

The fan card was effectively implemented this season, after the ban on the public in sports venues due to the pandemic of covid-19, having postponed the application of the ordinance, published on June 26, 2020.

After approval in general, the matter will be voted on in the specialty today and will then have to be approved again in a final global vote.


Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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