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Zurich voters endorse crackdown on hooligans

The Swiss canton of Zurich voted overwhelmingly Sunday to crack down on hooligans, including restricting movements of fans, after violence at several football and hockey matches.

Zurich voters endorse crackdown on hooligans

Some 85.45 percent of voters in the northern canton voted in favour of the change, according to final results published on the cantonal administration's website.

Zurich thus became the first of Switzerland's 26 cantons to take an official stand on the measures adopted by the national police force last year following several violent incidents.

The new measures allow police to boost security around first division football and hockey matches, including restricting the movement of fans.

They would allow identity checks and restrict alcohol sales in certain parts of the stadium.

Police can also ban unruly fans from the stadium area for up to three years, compared to a maximum of one year at the moment.

Nine first division football matches are played in the canton of Zurich each year.

The measures were introduced after a match between two Zurich clubs was halted due to violent fans, who threw firecrackers and smoke bombs onto the pitch.

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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