The canal in De Grolsch Veste
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FC Twente played their home match against Go Ahead Eagles last weekend and an image could be seen via Twitter that people with ‘bodycams’ were present in the Grolsch Veste in the canal to be able to record both sounds and images.
On the website of Trouw you can read that facial recognition should eventually help to trace ‘offensive expressions in stadiums’. Marjan Olfers, professor of sports and law and member of the Mijnals committee, says that this is urgently needed. “We see that people are seriously suffering from those chants and that the social shock is great, whether it concerns Jews, homosexuals or black people,” said Olfers.
“I think it is very serious that criminal cases go wrong because evidence is not forthcoming,” she continues. “We want to create a testing ground with companies, clubs, supporters and the police together with the municipalities to test and develop solutions. It is precisely the balance of interests of the parties that weighs heavily”, notes Olfers, who sees a legal approach as necessary. “I am primarily concerned with violations of the law. If the KNVB and/or the clubs want to go further than combating racism, that is a balancing of interests for the judge. But I am all for some decency.”