posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 02:46 AM
Hmm, I take offence to some of that Kuhl (Martin?). I am working class, proud of it, and never been involved in football violence in my life, nor do I
know anyone who has - except by reputation. Hooligans are socially inept morons, class plays no part whatsoever, thank you.
Also policing has added far more to problems of violence than it has resolved, check out SWFC fans at Walsall being arrested and locked up merely for
wearing Burberry while standing in a queue a few years ago, the only fan (thankfully) ever killed at a game at Millmoor being a Swansea supporter
trampled to death by a police horse while he was bending over and countless thousands of other examples. All seater stadia are also literally a pain
in the arse to genuine supporters and have not contributed to the abating of football violence in any way, nor were they even recommended by the
Taylor report, and yet we have had them foisted upon us. The real reason for the drop in football violence was the rehabilitation of football and the
hordes of new supporters it attracted after Italia 90 when the Englad team did unexpectedly well, which was reinforced with Euro 96 when football was
cemented as fashionable again. In the intervening years the media decided that football was trendy again and began promoting a more positive image,
the game itself hardly changed at all in this respect, only the reporting. Every single isolated incidence of violence was no longer held up as
representative of what went on at every ground in the country, as it had been before. A knock on effect of this was that football violence really did
decline as the idiots began to be starved of publicity. By the way, the real level of violence in England never, ever reached the levels you see
regularly in Europe and South America (why are they never mentioned?) and yet the 'English Hooligan' is the archetypal 'thug'. Talk about give a
dog a bad name.
Waynos, RUFC, half-built Main Stand.
[edit on 7-2-2007 by waynos]