Football, Hooliganism & The United States

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Max J. says:

    I can’t disagree more with you. I’ve come to love the writing here and depth of knowledge, but I think you’re sorely misreading the situation, the Crew fans, and American soccer’s reaction to it. For one, the Hudson Street Hooligans are not pathetic wannabes (a view that is particularly self-serving for English fans, who seem to want retroactively glorify hooliganism as English toughness and passion while shoving the blame for doing so on others); they’re a supporter’s club with a terrible name, and like most other groups in the States recognize that violence in the game benefits neither them nor the sport. They don’t seek it, though like most sports fans who drink, they react to it when provoked, as was the case by the true-wannabe West Ham fans. I would ask you to read the following account from someone who was actually there, which sums up the real issue nicely: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=1680&page=3

    And yes, the responsibility for reacting to any problem would come from the league (when said problems occur, which they have not, certainly not in the sense that you imply), but at present that would mean even greater reliance on the untrained goons you see at American stadiums. These are the people who make headlines by ejecting fans and inciting disturbances in supporter sections, and the ones who are likely to convince the average public that soccer die-hards are a dangerous mob.

  2. GM says:

    I find it hard to credit that any team with as homoerotic a club badge as the Columbus Crew could have a hooligan element.

  3. chicago says:

    Thanks for pointing it out, Max. They’re a supporters group not unlike Section 8 or Uncle Sam’s Army, who just chose a very corny name. I don’t know if ANY group would have reacted differently had west ham fans infiltrated their designated seating area.

  4. brad says:

    u americans dont understand. its about lovin, fightin nd dying for your team. saturday nd football is the best feeling in the world. get pissed up, smash some cunts face in and av a laugh. u yanks wont be able to handle it. if we came over there u wouldnt now wot hit u. come on thr hammers!!!!

  5. tom says:

    do not listen to brad football hooliganism is a dying tradition in this country, and this is coming from a cardiff fan who acknowledges that we have a pretty bad reputation as agroup of supporters . do not let the mindless minority spoil your view of the beautiful game. And ps we have eddy johnson……………legend!

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