Hooligans Abroad (RLE Sports Studies): The Behaviour and Control of English Fans in Continental Europe

1st Edition

John M. Williams, Eric Dunning, Patrick J. Murphy

Routledge
Published November 26, 2015
Reference - 286 Pages
ISBN 9781138971981 - CAT# Y208377
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Sports Studies

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Summary

This book traces international developments in the hooligan phenomenon since the Heysel tragedy of 1985. The authors make special reference to the troubled European championships in West Germany in 1988 and look critically at political responses to the problem. The authors used ‘participant observation’ in their research on British fans at the World Cup in Spain, and at matches in Rotterdam and Copenhagen, and capture the authentic voice of football hooliganism in their interviews.

In this analysis of patterns of football violence the authors suggest some short-term proposals for restricting seriously violent and disorderly behaviour at continental matches and put forward a long-term strategy to deal with the root causes of hooligan behaviour.

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