• Spain edition
 
World-beaters Spain set to fine street football
File photo: Fabio Venni

World-beaters Spain set to fine street football

Published: 02 Dec 2013 17:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2013 17:33 GMT+01:00

People who play football on the streets of Spain could be hit with fines of up to €1,000 ($1,350) if new proposals by the Spanish government are given the green light by the country's parliament.

For many kids in Spain’s dense urban centres the streets are one of the few places to play football. These urban spaces provide an informal training ground for a national team which currently holds the World and European champions, and for a football league considered by many to be the world's best.

But the country's street football tradition could be under threat from the latest draft of the Spanish Government's controversial draft Citizen Security Law, passed at a cabinet meeting on Friday. 

This draft proposes fines from €100 to €1,000 for "the practice of games or sports activities in public spaces not designed for them".
 
Those fines will be payable "when there is a risk of damage to people or property" or when the circulation of people or traffic is impeded. 
 
The challenge to street sports is part of a draft reform now likely to pass unhindered through parliament where the ruling conservative Popular party holds a strong majority.
 
But the progress of this legislation has been dogged with criticism with opposition groups saying it is unnecessarily punitive.
 
 
An earlier draft proposed fines of up to €600,000 ($812,000) for insulting police officers or demonstrating near official buildings including the country's parliament without permission.
 
Under the new, watered down draft, those offences will instead carry fines from €1,000 to €30,000.
 
"This is just a makeover of their initial draft bill," left-wing Izquierda Unida deputy Ricardo Sixto told The Local recently.
 
But Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz stated the new law aims "to strengthen the guarantee of public liberties and security".

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
What's on in Spain: May 2014
This is just a sampling of some of the amazing events happening in Spain during the month of May. Photo: David Sim/Jason Paris/Circuito de Navarra/Flickr

What's on in Spain: May 2014

Still not booked up for May? The Local has rounded up a list of some of the best events in Spain, including cultural festivals, music festivals, and major sporting events. READ () »

Martial arts tourists tackle Spanish mugger
The Taiwanese visitors to Ronda were among hundreds of tourists who flock to see the town's historic architecture. File photo: zoetnet/Flickr

Martial arts tourists tackle Spanish mugger

Two Taiwanese tourists used their martial arts skills this week to take down and detain a mugger who tried to steal a woman's mobile phone in the southern Spanish town of Ronda. READ () »

Spain 'fiddles numbers' to shave jobless rate
Spain's official unemployment rate fell from 26.03 percent to 25.77 percent in one fell swoop on Thursday. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spain 'fiddles numbers' to shave jobless rate

Spain has managed to push down its unemployment rate to 25.77 percent — by adjusting the formulas used to establish the country's jobless rate to include the latest census data. READ () »

Spanish fascists make Euro election bid
A member of Alianza Nacional (National Alliance), part of the far-right coalition hoping to represent Spain in Europe. File photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish fascists make Euro election bid

The list of candidates submitted by two far-right Spanish parties for May's European parliamentary elections includes people who were arrested for attacking Madrid's Catalan centre last year and criminals convicted of possessing explosives. READ () »

Spain records highest growth figure in six years
File photo: Antonio Tajuelo

Spain records highest growth figure in six years

Spain's economy grew at the fastest pace in six years in the first quarter of 2014, the central bank said on Thursday in a preliminary estimate. READ () »

Dad smuggles girl into Spain in suitcase
The eight-year-old was found in a foetal position inside a suitcase Photo: Spanish Civil Guard

Dad smuggles girl into Spain in suitcase

A young Moroccan girl who was smuggled into Spain by her father inside a suitcase has been given permission to stay in the country. READ () »

Catalonia chief vows to call independence poll
Catalan President Artur Mas says if the referendum is frustrated he could call snap elections as a form of plebiscite on the future of Catalonia. File photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Catalonia chief vows to call independence poll

Catalonia's political chief Artur Mas vowed on Wednesday to push ahead with a vote on independence from Spain on November 9th, flying in the face of fierce opposition from Madrid. READ () »

Memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's reversed
Some 35 million people worldwide are thought to suffer from Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia.File photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's reversed

Spanish scientists have for the first time used gene therapy to reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's, an advance that could lead to new drugs to treat the disease, they said on Wednesday. READ () »

Barcelona book day hit by author strike
Instead of the anticipated queues for book signings, booths were left vacant as authors abandoned the store. Photo: Twitter

Barcelona book day hit by author strike

People in the Spanish region of Catalonia traditionally celebrate La Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day) by giving each other books, but this year's celebrations have been marred by an author-backed strike at a major city centre book retailer. READ () »

The Local List
Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets
Spain's most expensive street is not in Madrid or Barcelona. Photo: Wikimedia

Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets

Spanish property website Idealista has just released a list of the ten most expensive streets in Spain — so what is the most exclusive address in the country? Read on to find out. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
International
British expats flee from crisis-hit Spain
National
Thieves destroy ancient rock painting in Spain
Society
Spain to open first gay old people's home
National
'Monkey Jesus' restorer to star in music video
Culture
Seven surprising facts about Spain's Holy Week
National
Spanish tax office sells bras for extra cash
Society
Abortion Travel: 'The agency that should never exist'
National
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Society
Email gaffe reveals how Spanish firms exploit young workers
National
Man hacks off own fingers in insurance scam
Travel & Tourism
Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014
National
Lovemaking lands woman at bottom of well
International
Jobless Spaniards to be kicked out of Germany
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Health
Serial texter suffers first case of 'WhatsAppitis'
Politics
Six reasons why Suárez is Spain's best loved PM
Politics
'Energy giants out to kill off Spain's solar sector'
Society
Spain's hottest jobs 2014
National
Man dies while taking selfie on top of train
Society
Spanish PM turns down free English course
Travel & Tourism
Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014
Culture
A to Z of The Local's picture galleries
Culture
Scientists discover why some of us 'hate' music
Features
How Barcelona is getting it wrong on cannabis
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

1,398
jobs available