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Tougher sanctions against football fans in Chile

international news1Chile’s Government has introduced tougher sanctions against violence and racism at football matches. It increases fines and jail sentences for those who break the law and will be applied to fans and clubs alike.

Interior Minister Jorge Burgos said they want to make sure that fans and families can enjoy the game safely and in pleasant conditions. Chile will host the Copa America 2015 tournament, which kicks off on Thursday.

The new law will also punish violence during training sessions, during the movement or transportation of fans, and at celebrations in public places. Clubs could be fined for discrimination, racism and xenophobia.

Twelve national teams from the Americas will be taking part in the tournament from 11 June to 4 July.

Football violence is a huge problem in some South American countries.