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I guess I have thought this for some time now, but you're all just a bunch of hooligans aren't you? I'm referring of course to English football, and in some cases the rugby crowd. Yes okay, I know that is a bit of a sweeping statement and it's only my opinion, but there are just too many bad apples in the cart as far as I can see! These hooligans just can't handle it when their team looses a game and they become violent.
Saturday evenings in this country can be a complete nightmare after a big football match. The volatile mixture of an aggressive male dominated sport and alcohol can often make the atmosphere very unpleasant in some town centres. I've witnessed it on numerous occasions whilst out at the weekend, supposedly enjoying a quiet evening with friends. If there's not a fight kicking off in a pub somewhere, then it will probably be in the street outside.
Why do we have to endure this kind of behaviour all over the country every time there's a football or rugby match on? Also, why is it particularly these two games that cause all the trouble? I haven't heard of a rowdy bunch of cricket supporters or golf fanatics tearing up the town centre in a drunken rampage. I wonder if it doesn't stem back to some sort primeval urge. After all, far from resembling a beautiful game, a football does kind of remind me of a pack of animals hunting down their quarry.
I don't suppose the antics of the players on and off the pitch help matters much either. They are paid enough, so one would have thought that they could afford to learn some manners and respect for other human beings. We won't mention spitting on the pitch at this point. It's disgusting, but I kind of understand why they have to do it. I just wish they wouldn't do it so frequently, and I wish the camera man wouldn't always get that particular shot.
Another thing that I think it is worth pointing out, is the fact that football violence in the news is quite often linked to English fans in particular. The headlines always refer to "English yobs" and how they have caused yet more trouble abroad whilst supposedly supporting their national team. You rarely ever hear any mention of Scottish or Welsh fans causing a ruckus do you?