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Warning: Websites Are More Dangerous Than Football Grounds

football hooligans Warning: Websites Are More Dangerous Than Football Grounds

Going to see a football match at Old Trafford, Goodison Park, Stamford Bridge or any other ground in the Premier League is a far different experience than what happened 20 years ago. No more terracing. No violence between the opposing sets of fans, and no more cheap tickets that would allow a larger percentage of kids or mischiefs to attend.

Visiting a Premier League ground for a match these days is such a sterile experience. Assigned seating on a piece of plastic. And you’re very unlikely to become the victim of hatred from opposing fans. The worst you’ll probably hear is a chant of “Same old [insert team name], always cheating.”

The fact is that you’ll experience more vitriol and anger online via football websites, blogs and forums than you will in a Premiership ground. Football fans are more likely to say and write things online that they would never dare utter at a football stadium.

A lot of this is due to the anonymity that fans feel online while the real football ground experience is guarded by stewards, police and fellow fans who can report inappropriate behavior.

The other argument is that most football fans, especially if they’re younger, can’t afford to buy tickets to matches so they end up congregating online and venting their anger there.

So the next time you read some hatred against football teams or players online, you’re experiencing the 21st century version of football hooliganism in the Premier League – from the safety of your own living room.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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14 Responses to Warning: Websites Are More Dangerous Than Football Grounds

  1. Lonnie says:

    That never happens around here though….especially not when an article even remotely critical of Liverpool appears on the site :)

  2. TT says:

    Scout, we need some thought police ie. mods on here….

  3. Blue Evertonian says:

    ha ha Lonnie!! … good one mate … I think perhaps we are evolving …. well, most of us anyway :-)

  4. Anonymous Simon Burke says:

    Quiet Gaffer or I will have you beaten up – I hate Swansea and all their fans.

  5. Wow, where are the Liverpool supporters. Even on newspaper sites when an article critical of Rafa or Liverpool shows up they go nuts!

  6. Raatzie says:

    Can’t stand the heat when you say something asinine, Gaffer?

    Then get out the kitchen.

  7. Johnathan Starling says:

    Raatzie, where do you get your reply out of the blog Gaffer wrote?

  8. Johnathan Starling says:

    Can’t argue with you there Raatzie.

  9. The Gaffer says:

    Raatzie, lol, don’t worry. I can stand the heat of the kitchen and this article has nothing to do with the Liverpool story, which I still stand by.

    The idea for this article came long before I wrote the Liverpool piece.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  10. Django says:

    Geez Kartik you keep fishing for someone to say something insulting…No matter what, you always find what you’re looking for.

  11. Hedi says:

    You’re right. Webs are more brutal than football ground. I found many Indonesian supporters will insult their rivals very bad through web instead do that in stadium.

    Fortunately, the webmasters won’t hesitate to clean up the bad comments on web or forum. They are on peacekeeping mission :D

  12. cibesh says:

    dont dare to mess with the liver pool fan coz i,m one of them…ok ….dude.

  13. emiliano says:

    son todos unos cagones los ingleses AGUANTE ARGENTINAAA…. 2010

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