The superb spectacle that is Euro 2012 has been overshadowed by a flurry of reports linked to hooliganism, as violence rears it’s ugly head once again – this time on the big stage.
Football fans across the globe have been glued to their seats as Euro 2012 captivates fans with some fantastic football on display in Poland and Ukraine, as the tournament hasn’t yet encountered a 0-0 draw – pretty sure I’ve cursed that, sorry folks!
But the entertainment on offer has been clouded by fans of rival countries engaging in scenes of violence and extreme brutality, and despite police trying to contain the situation, we could see similar scenes occurring again before the tournament is over. The Daily Mail are reported yesterday that a Moscow based hooligan group are targeting Poland fans in the capital city of Warsaw, the same place as where the violence commenced in midweek.
200 fans were arrested that day and UEFA has condemned the actions of both Russian and Polish fans for their part in the trouble. Given that parts of the seating in stadiums is without segregation, I had seriously hoped for maturity and common sense to prevail. Hooliganism is one of the huge downsides attached to football and the fans that participate in such nonsense are bringing the game into disrepute.
UEFA have yet to announce any punishments for the involved nations but given that Russia have already been served with a suspended 6 point deduction for the next qualifying phase and a fine, these fans could be damaging their own country’s chances. UEFA needs to act and stamp out hooliganism. The punishments should be stern enough to eradicate this behaviour from football once and for all.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it will.
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