Israel soccer 311.
(photo credit: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The soccer season of 2010- 2011 saw a drop in the number of violent incidents,
police said on Wednesday.
According to figures presented by the Israel
Police’s head of Operations Branch, Cmdr. Nissim Mor, 102 criminal cases
involving violence at stadiums were investigated this past year, compared to 123
last year. Fifty-four people were arrested and 75 were detained during the
incidents this year, compared to 61 arrested and 82 detained last year, Mor
“These figures point to an important and significant change but
there is still work to be done,” Mor said. “The vision, that eventually there
will be no need for police officers at stadiums, is gradually being realized,”
Other measures such as collective team punishments handed down
by the Israel Football Association for racist chants by fans are also having a
positive effect, he said.