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The Moroccan professional footballers association AMF organized a campaign to bring an end to violence in and around the stadiums. On the last match day of 2011, all the teams in Moroccan football participated.

‘The AMF took this initiative to ensure safety in stadiums for both the players of the professional football teams and the spectators, as another very important part of our football’, explained Naji Melhli, secretary general of AMF. ’We hope this action helps realize the smooth running of football matches in our country.’

The activities took place before the Moroccan championship matches kicked off, like the match in Tétouan between MAT and RAJA (see photos). Both team captains entered the pitch each carrying a giant red card with the following message written in Arab and French: Show violence the red card.

‘We hope that everyone is aware of the seriousness of violence in stadiums’,  said Mustapha El Hadaoui, president of AMF. ‘It hurts the clubs and the image of our national football. It brings fear to the people, the fans, who want to visit the games alone or with their families.’

‘We must take this problem very seriously’, El Hadaoui continued. ‘We invite the clubs to the table to discuss how to find ways to stop this senseless violence.’