With Euro 2008 just days away, the fine people of Switzerland are doing everything they can to make it a successful event. Part of their strategy is to be polite. See, they're asking reputed soccer hooligans to behave this time around. And they're asking really nicely.
There are about 320 people listed in Switzerland's "Hooligan Database," and they were all sent letters in recent weeks. That's right, there's such a thing as an actual "Hooligan Database." The letters, were made out to to "Dear Mr/Mrs" hooligan and titled "For a peaceful international football festival."
"We know that you are someone who does not always hold fast to the rules in sports events. Therefore, to our knowledge, you have been banned from the stadiums or served with other measures," wrote the police.
Polite, right? Consider it a giant carrot and stick measure. Big on the carrot up-front. The letter ends with a dollop of sugar on the top.
"We hope that any encounter between you and us at this event will be nothing but pleasant. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact us. The Police."
So there you have it. The Swiss police would like you hooligans to be on your best behavior. Don't think they're fooling around though. Should you not heed their warning, prepare to enter the Hooligan Prisons!