Argentine hooligan plan criticised
AFA's strategy to tackle crowd trouble comes under fire from government minister.
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2007 12:46 GMT
Hooliganism in Argentind football has previously
been tackled with fines for clubs [EPA]
Argentine football's latest attempt to fight hooliganism has been attacked by Anibal Fernandez, the interior minister.

Fernandez argued that a decision to reduce the sale of tickets to visiting fans would not necessarily deter troublemakers or prevent them from getting into grounds.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) had ruled that clubs will only be allowed to use 50 per cent of the capacity of the away fans' sections unless the stadiums were all-seaters.
"Nobody can guarantee that the ones who cause trouble will not be in that half," Fernandez said in an interview with the radio station America.

"The solution is to find the guilty ones, not deny the fans the chance to watch their team.

"Reducing it by one half is not going to reduce the problem by one half. There aren't thousands of them (troublemakers), there are 30 or 40. If we believe in magical solutions, we're wrong."

Fernandez also criticised the AFA for not consulting the government before making the decision.

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