Football hooligans on the mainland are facing jail terms and fines as lawmakers review security legislation which would allow police to crack down on unruly behaviour at football matches and other sports events. The new legislation is expected to provide a solid legal basis for thwarting riots at large events, especially the 2008 Olympics. Under the new law, troublemakers could be jailed for up to five days, fined up to 200 yuan, or face a 12-month ban from stadiums. Offences include entering grounds by force, lighting firecrackers, displaying insulting banners, mobbing or attacking referees, athletes or ground staff and throwing rubbish on to playing areas. The latest trouble occurred on Sunday in Tianjin when Tianjin TEDA met Beijing Hyundai. Li Fumin, a referee's assistant, was hit on the head by an object when the referee red-carded a Tianjin player. Play was suspended for about 10 minutes. Objects thrown inside the stadium included cigarette lighters, keys and coins, according to reports. Meng Gang, vice-chairman of the Chengdu Sports Centre football fan association, applauded the proposed legislation. Meng said: 'Nipping hooliganism in the bud would be important for the healthy development of China's sports industry.'