SPM633 – Hooliganism

Tour de France & hooliganism?

Yes you heard that right. World cycling chief Brian Cookson is concerned of hooliganism on the route and warned that past winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults. Cookson believes this mainly has to do with the recent issues with their tougher doping tests. As Cookson states, “I am worried about the beginnings of an element of hooliganism coming towards our sport which we have largely been able to avoid in recent years.” Let’s hope hooliganism doesn’t spread to this, because who knows what could be next.


Football hooliganism – once the English disease and now…

“Everyone now understands; if this mayhem created by the fans is not ended then it is going to be the end of football in our country.” The words of amP Russian newspaper, Sport Express, hooliganism has become a major issue in society today. If things don’t start looking up for football in certain countries, there will be an end to it.  Fans are becoming more violent and disruptive than ever before and this will not stop. There needs to be ways to stop this and the only way this may happen is to suspend football games or cancel games altogether.

Hooliganism in England

Hooliganism is a dying problem in English football. Yet the culture of hooliganism continues to resonate. Films, TV series, books and fashion: What was called “The English Disease” in the 1980s has developed into a cultural industry. (Brewin, 2015).

Football Violence & Top 10 Worst Football Riots

Football violence has always been around. Like most games fans are very passionate about their teams and how well their teams do. Of all sports football still remains the most tribalistc. The article below lists the 10 worst football riots to date.

Hooliganism Video

The link below is an example of a mass street brawl between Ukraine football hooligans.

Positive side-effects of hooliganism

Believe it or not hooliganism has a positive side-effect. For many soccer clubs hooliganism creates a troubled crowd, but it may be possible that this helps clubs win games. When we take a look at this positive possibility be understand that this effect would only make sense for the home team during a game. At home games fans are excited and cheering for their team. This generates social pressure on players and officials through intimidation which creates a positive side-effect for the home team.

The Dangers of Hooliganism

Passionate fans help to make football the unique sport it is. The support of the faithful, unlike many sports, does not stop once the final whistle blows; it is something lived and professed throughout one’s life, showing a commitment that at times borders on the obsessive. (Edwards, 2013). The article below lists the ten most dangerous fan bases around the world.

First Modern Hooligan Groups

The first modern hooligan groups were from a religious sectarianism in Scotland, the Rangers (Protestant unionists) and Celtic (Irish Catholic). Since the late 1960s, hooliganism became much more common from English fans especially when English supporters are avid viewers and travel with their team.

The Bigger Hooliganism Problem

America or Europe? Who has the bigger hooliganism problem?

Europe has had its issue with hooliganism, especially in the continent’s most popular sport – football (or American soccer). Many of the examples in this blog, Europe has some rowdy fans. But how is America doing in regards to hooliganism? Are we going to become what the European soccer scene has become?

We have had incidents such as the Virginia Tech football massacre, the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s slurs, along with the others listed in the article.

How can America clean up this problem? What lessons can we learn from Europe to help amend and avoid situations of hooliganism in the future?

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