The Swedish government has proposed a ban on the wearing of masks by spectators at sporting events in an effort to stem fan violence, but exceptions will be made for religious garments like burqas.

The proposal comes at a time where a number of high-profile violent incidents at Swedish football matches have made global headlines. In August, a match between Jönköpings Södra and Östersund was called off when a masked supporter ran onto the pitch and assaulted Östersund goalkeeper Aly Keita.

Two months prior, a fixture between IFK Göteborg and Malmö FF was abandoned after a supporter threw a firework at Malmö player Tobias Sana, who responded by throwing one of the corner flags in the direction of the person.

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