Sweden is hoping to introduce a law which will ban hooligans from all sporting events, the government has revealed.

Under the proposed law, a supporter could be banned from a sporting event if they are deemed to represent a risk to public order. The proposed law comes in the wake of an upsurge in violence between rival supporters.

A match between AIK and Hammarby in October was interrupted for an hour when AIK fans ran riot. It was the latest and most serious in a string of violent incidents at domestic matches in Sweden last year.

“Crowd trouble and disturbances during a sports event are unacceptable,” Justice Minister Thomas Brodstrom said in a statement. The law would come into force from July 1.

Breaking the attendance ban could lead to a maximum six-month prison sentence.