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Category: Football violence

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Gareth Southgate worried about disorder in Prague and racism in Sofia

• England play Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifier on a Friday• Bulgaria have been punished for racist chanting this yearGareth Southgate has admitted he fears the worst when it comes to England’s next two qualifying matches and the potential for dis…

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Eight Czech fans arrested over plans to fly drone at Kosovo Euro 2020 qualifier

Away fans held before game against Czech Republic in PristinaPolice seize drone, ‘Kosovo is Serbia’ banner and fireworksPolice in Kosovo have arrested eight Czech football supporters who were apparently planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner …

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FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

• Tony Conniford concerned over presence of far-right groups• “Deeply embarrassed” by scenes in Porto during Nations LeagueThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic o…

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Sadly, these England fans probably think they are doing their country proud

For the fans who brought poison to Porto, following England abroad seems to be more about occupation than celebrationBy the time Porto’s rush-hour commuters were bustling along the Avenida dos Aliados on Thursday morning the only evidence of the previo…

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England fans clash with riot police in Porto – video

Portuguese police clashed with England fans in the centre of Porto on Wednesday after beer glasses were thrown in a  fan zone set up for the Nations League finals. Three England fans were reportedly arrested. The FA last week urged suppo…

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Crowd trouble at St James’ Park after Liverpool fans enter home section

• Seven arrests made and 22 ejections from stadium• Newcastle to take action ‘against fans who passed on tickets’Violence inside and outside St James’ Park made an unwelcome return to Newcastle on Saturday night as Liverpool kept their title chances al…

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Hibernian fan jailed for 100 days after confronting Rangers captain

• Cameron Mack banned from all football grounds for 10 years• James Tavernier was pushed on Easter Road touchlineA Hibernian fan has been jailed for 100 days for aggressively confronting the Rangers captain, James Tavernier, during a match after jumpi…

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Does Scottish football really want to tackle wayward fans? | Ewan Murray

With an upsurge in fan misbehaviour, those in power should tackle this disease rather than concentrate on self-preservationIt was hardly a leap of faith to have envisioned sighs of relief in Scottish football’s high offices this month as chaos reigned …

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Football’s new-wave disorder presents a troubling symptom of trapped rage | Barney Ronay

The assault on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish reflects the airborne plague that has spread via Twitter and other areas of society“He might be a fan, he might be a nutter, but he’s on my turf and I’m gonna chop the mother down.” The words of Keith Richards…

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Football fan faces ban after throwing pie during Chelsea game

Bournemouth supporter Adam Cox convicted of hurling missile on to pitch amid cup tieA football fan faces being banned from matches after he threw a pie on to the pitch during Chelsea’s league cup tie with AFC Bournemouth.Adam Cox, 27, was convicted in …

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Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton

Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeA man suffered a slash wound to the face after “disgraceful” disorder before Millwall’s shock FA Cup win over Everton, police said. Crowd…

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Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton

Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeA man suffered a slash wound to the face after “disgraceful” disorder before Millwall’s shock FA Cup win over Everton, police said. Crowd…

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Police allege Chelsea fans sexually assaulted women and made racist chants on train

• Incidents said to have occurred after game against Leicester• Police want witnesses and alleged victims to come forwardPolice are trying to trace a group of men, whom they believe to be Chelsea fans, in connection with alleged sexual assaults and rac…

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AEK Athens’ Champions League tie with Ajax marred by serious crowd trouble

• Footage appears to show petrol bomb thrown into stands• Greek police officers reportedly hit Ajax fans before gameAEK Athens’ Champions League defeat to Ajax in the Greek capital was marred by violent scenes before kick-off.The away fans came under a…

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River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours

• Second leg of final postponed amid pre-match chaos• Coach pelted with missiles as players suffer effects of tear gasThe second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be postponed for 24 hours on Saturday as a r…

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River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours

• Second leg of final postponed amid pre-match chaos• Coach pelted with missiles as players suffer effects of tear gasThe second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be postponed for 24 hours on Saturday as a r…

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Roma fan cleared of inflicting GBH on Liverpool supporter

Filippo Lombardi jailed for three years for violent disorder before Champions League tieA Roma fan has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a Liverpool supporter but has been jailed for three years for violent disorder.Filippo Lombardi, 2…

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Assistant referee injured by object thrown from stands during Livingston v Rangers – video

Police are appealing for information after an assistant referee was hit by an object thrown from the crowd during Livingston’s 1-0 defeat of Rangers. Calum Spence suffered a minor injury to the back of his head and was treated at the Tony Macaroni Aren…

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MLS Ultras: plastic wannabes or sign of a thriving league?

Football in North America has been on a quest for authenticity for decades. It’s debatable whether hardcore fans are helping or hindering that goalWhen Major League Soccer kicked off for the first time back in 1996, European football’s Ultras culture w…

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …