Statistics

The HOOGAN database contains information on people who have engaged in violence at sporting events either in Switzerland or abroad and who are subject to one of the measures imposed by the authorities.
Measures

Personal data may only be stored in the system if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The measure is imposed or confirmed by a judicial authority; 
  • The measure is imposed as a result of a criminal act that was reported to the competent authority; 
  • The measure is necessary to ensure the safety of people or the security of the sporting event, and is justified.

Fedpol is responsible for operating and further developing the database. The system may be used by the competent fedpol units, the cantonal police and the Swiss Border Guard.

What the statistics show

The statistics show how many new names were entered in, and deleted from the HOOGAN database in the last six months, and how many people were registered in total on a particular reference date. The database also provides information on the age and gender of those registered, as well as on the type of sport concerned.

Further, the figures reveal how many and what type of measures were imposed by the authorities in the last six months, and what criminal acts were involved. The figures also provide information on how many people on a particular reference date were subject to active measures such as an exclusion order.

A person who is registered in the HOOGAN database may be subject to several measures simultaneously, for example an exclusion order and a stadium ban. Not every person registered in the database is necessarily subject to an active measure because personal data is retained in the system for a period of three years after the measure has ceased to be applicable. Only then is the entry deleted from the database.

What the statistics do not show

The statistics do not allow definite conclusions to be drawn on the extent of violence or on whether violence in the stadiums is on the increase (or decrease). Although the statistics would reflect an increase in the number of measures if violence were on the rise, rising figures could also result from tougher action by the police, in which case rising figures would not necessarily reflect an increase in violence.

Since data is retained in the system for a period of three years after the measure is no longer active, the number of people registered in the database at any one time is not a true reflection of the extent of violence. It is possible that a person is registered in the database but no longer subject to an active measure, and has not engaged in violence since expiry of the measure.

Furthermore, the statistics do not reveal anything about the propensity for violence by fans of individual clubs, cantons or regions of Switzerland. The origin of the people registered in the database is not shown since this information does not permit a serious statistical interpretation of the data.

The figures in the HOOGAN database are updated every six months, on 31 January and 31 July.

Number of people registered with active measures

In January 2019, 747 people with active measures were registered in the HOOGAN database.

  June
2019
Jan
2019
Jul
2018
Jan
2018
Jul
2017
Jan
2017
July
2016
Jan
2016
July
2015
Jan
2015
Total no. of people with active measures 668 747 742 764 754 757 811 785 830 785

 

Total number of people registered in the HOOGAN database

Between January 2019 and June 2019, 93new names were registered in the HOOGAN database. Personal data remains in the system for three years after expiry of the last measure.

  June
2019
January
2019
July
2018
January
2018
July
2017
No. of new entries 93 143 118 159 114
No. of deleted entries 106 145 159 116 102
Total no. of persons registered 1579 1592 1594 1635 1592
Of which female 18 18 17 20 16
           
Of which football 1140 1153 1160 1213 1224
Of which ice hockey 497 499 489 475 415

 

Age of people registered in the database

The proportional age distribution of people registered in the database has remained constant over the years. Approximately two-thirds of those registered are between 19 and 29 years old.

Age June
2019
January
2019
July
2018
January
2018
July
2017
15 to 18 57 63 65 63 61
19 to 24 591 622 638 668 669
25 to 29 547 533 525 534 509
30 to 39 320 311 301 310 292
40 to 69 64 63 65 60 60

 

Entries

A person may have more than one measure to his name in the database. The statistics show the number of active (i.e. applicable) measures on a particular reference date. Travel restrictions are valid for a short period only (e.g. one weekend).

  June
2019
January
2019
July
2018
January
2018
July
2017
Active measures
Obligation to report 20 12 13 21 19
Exclusion order 371 437 414 445 511
Stadium ban 573 661 664 688 655
TOTAL 964 1110 1091 1154 1185

 

Offences

The offence for which a measure is imposed correlates to the Swiss Criminal Code. The competent cantonal authority is responsible for registering the appropriate offence in the database (as is the case with personal data and measures imposed). It is, therefore, possible that incidents are assessed and registered differently, according to the cantonal authority that makes the database entry. Different offences can result in the same sanction.

  June
2019
January
2019
July
2018
January
2018
July
2017
Acts of agression 70 74 86 81 82
Attack 69 38 24 31 38
Ban on face covering 225 232 230 252 298
Brawling 86 115 124 142 152
Coercion 18 19 18 16 8
Common assault 57 48 63 70 74
Criminal damage 74 86 92 116 122
Explosives Act 289 330 352 348 340
Prevention of an official act 34 51 50 60 66
Rioting 352 429 419 510 568
Unlawful entry 60 67 65 49 34
Violence and threats against public officials 135 201 225 269 308

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