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Does violence follow football?

Asked by Mat74UK (4646 points ) March 17th, 2012

I’m not talking Handegg. I’m talking UK football.
I’ve been to my first match today. It wasn’t out of choice it was because I was working, I was there to sort out radio communication problems. I was situated in the control room at Ellend Rd for Leeds UTD V West Ham UTD.
At kick off alcohol was no longer served much to the disgust of the West Ham fans who smashed the bar up and for the entirety of the match there were scuffles and people being ejected from the ground left right and centre.
I was surprised on leaving that people take children as young as five to these matches.
There were some serious meat heads kicking about and I’m not small but I still felt out of place.

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HungryGuy's avatar

“Handegg” ROTFLMAO!

Good name for it, though :-)

lloydbird's avatar

Ditto as above.

I watched a game of it today without knowing it’s real name.

PhiNotPi's avatar

In the image, the arrow saying “hand” is actually pointing to his arm.

lloydbird's avatar

@PhiNotP
Pedant.

Mat74UK's avatar

@PhiNotPi – In real football if the ball touches any part of your arm from shoulder to fingertip it is called “handball” and thus a foul.

filmfann's avatar

You mean Soccer? Yes, violence follows it, because its fans are jealous of the fact Football is a sport, and Soccer is therapy for retards.

hand egg this!

marinelife's avatar

The violence is OK because it is tolerated. If all of the jokers who broke up the bar were arrested and given stiff sentences, it would end.

At lease they have stopped pouring gasoline on the violence by selling alcohol.

PhiNotPi's avatar

To actually answer the question, I believe that violence can (and usually will) follow any gathering of a large number of people. At sports matches, not only is there a large number of people, but the two groups of fans have opposing goals, which is to see their team win. Of course most people at sport matches are not so concerned about the outcome that they will get violent, but those who are so involved with the sport that they could get violent are the ones that are more likely to be willing to spend the money and buy a ticket to go see the match.

Pedant? What can I say, I’m bored today. I even spent some time programming in Deadfish.

marinelife's avatar

Correction: least not lease.

jca's avatar

What happened to @Mat74UK? He was just here and now he’s no longer a member. Blink and no more @Mat74UK!

marinelife's avatar

Did he get upset? I’m not sure why he would have.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Even weirder…he either left or was booted when he was typing here I just went to the thread and he’s suspended on it. Is it a glitch?

EDIT: Well his post flinally showed up, and yes, he left Fluther…or he just entered again, as I see him typing again :?

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digitalimpression's avatar

I don’t know how you could avoid violence when watching such a dull sport.

ragingloli's avatar

Hand egg? I call it IPCASM (Intimate Physical Contact Amongst Sweaty Men)

PurpleClouds's avatar

I’ve never heard the term handegg; it gave me a chuckle.

I don’t think sports like that are the cause for violence among spectators. But, the spectators at a particular event could easily be more violent that others, especially at the high school level. Add booze to that and you’ve got yourself a mess where children do not belong. Agree with that.

ucme's avatar

No it doesn’t!!
I was at that match yesterday, being an avid Leeds fan & the tiny minority of cockney scum who kicked off were cast aside as the irrelevant pissheads that they are.

The overwhelming majority of football games in the english leagues have family enclosures, are played out in a fun atmosphere & pass by without a solitary hostile incident.
I think it’s relevant to point out the behaviour of both sets of fans at the fa.cup game between Spurs & Bolton. Genuine concern & respect for a 23yr old player who suffered a heart attack mid-game.
The game was rightly abandoned & a visibly shocked crowd left the ground with the quiet dignity a tragic occasion like this deserved.
Get well soon Fabrice Muamba.

lloydbird's avatar

@ucme Nice one.
And me too for the lad.

mattbrowne's avatar

No, the lust for violence pre-exists in some people. They look for events where it can be unleashed and visiting a European football match is just one of several options. Real football fans aren’t violent. Though they want their own team to win, they also appreciate great football as such. So when Lionel Messi scores five goals in one game, the real fan is simply amazed and awestruck by this artist regardless of the team he or she supports.

downtide's avatar

I don’t think it’s inevitable. I used to regularly go to matches (home and away) while I could still afford it, and only once was in a situation where I feared for my safety and that was at a “local derby” away game which always tend to be high-tension anyway.

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