By Steve Frosdick
This e-book presents a hugely readable advent to the phenomenon of soccer hooliganism, perfect for college students taking classes round this topic in addition to these having a certified curiosity within the topic, corresponding to the police and people chargeable for stadium safeguard and administration. For anyone else eager to research extra approximately one in all society's such a lot intractable difficulties, this booklet is where to begin.
Unlike different books in this topic it isn't wedded to a unmarried theoretical standpoint yet is anxious particularly to supply a serious evaluation of soccer hooliganism, discussing some of the ways to the topic. 3 fallacies offer topics which run throughout the e-book: the concept that soccer hooliganism is new; that it's a uniquely soccer challenge; and that it's predominantly an English phenomenon.
The publication examines the heritage of football-related violence, the issues in defining the character of soccer hooliganism, the information on hand at the quantity of soccer hooliganism, presents a close evaluate of some of the theories approximately who hooligans are and why they behave as they do, and an research of policing and social coverage relating to tackling soccer hooliganism.
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Extra resources for Football Hooliganism
The game of football has been associated with violence since its beginnings in thirteenth-century England. Medieval football matches involved hundreds of players, and were essentially pitched battles between the young men of rival villages and towns – often used as opportunities to settle old feuds, personal arguments and land disputes. Forms of ‘folk-football’ existed in other European countries (such as the German ‘Knappen’ and Florentine ‘calcio in costume’), but the roots of modern football are in these violent English rituals.
Some historians suspect that the relative paucity of crowd misbehaviour reports, relative to the abundance of reported assaults on players and ofﬁcials, points not to the absence of such violence but rather to the lenient attitude towards crowd disturbances that did not actually interfere with the game. This may be explained by the fact that, within the stadium, it was the referee who reported incidents to the Football Association. If violence tipped on to the ﬁeld he would consider it a problem; if it spilled on to the streets it became the problem of the town police; but if it was contained within the stands it largely went unreported.
Research by Elliott et al. (1999) shows evidence of at least 44 UK-related incidents involving deaths and multiple injuries, 41 of which took place in UK football grounds. Two took place in rugby league grounds and one involved Liverpool supporters at Heysel in Belgium. Compare this history with the position outside the UK, where the Elliott et al. research shows evidence of only 26 football disasters, all bar two of which occurred in what might be described as developing countries. As Elliott et al.
Football Hooliganism by Steve Frosdick