New Law Penalizes Sports Rioting With SR500000 and 7 Years in Jail

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 16 May 2023
New Law Penalizes Sports Rioting With SR500000 and 7 Years in Jail

The executive regulations of the New Sports Law emphasize that rioting during sports events can lead to violators receiving a jail term of up to 7 years or a fine of SR500000 or both. 

Violating the new law includes acts of violence, riots, threats to the safety of those present, damage to sports facilities, or using a name to mislead others that it is a sporting entity with obtaining a licence.

A maximum fine of SR100000 will be imposed on a person who incites hatred, racial discrimination, or sports fanaticism publicly and through any means during the sports event.

A person will be fined this amount if he or she also makes a statement that contradicts public morals, disrupts competition, disturbs the work of the Sports Ministry's inspectors, or spreads misinformation. 

The new Sports Law also allows sports clubs and the Saudi Olympic Committee to establish their own companies and they must obtain a licence to do so.

The law stipulates other regulations in relation to sports entities.

The new law will be implemented 180 days after its publication in the Official Gazette and the minister will issue the regulations within 180 days from the date of publication of the law. 

This law has been introduced in place of the Basic Law of Sports Federations and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and it will cancel everything that contradicts the regulations of the new law.

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