The Return Of Football Hooligans At ManU, Man City Games Across The Country
A dossier compiled by the Manchester Evening News revealed that "the menace of football hooliganism is far from extinct," according to Mike Keegan of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show police had to deal with a catalogue of booze-fuelled hooliganism at ManU and Man City games last season including:
- Fights in pubs, grounds and stadium car parks.
- "Sickening chants" about the Munich air disaster.
- Supporters storming turnstiles and forcing entry into sold-out matches.
- Gangs of "racist fans" converging on the city from Europe.
The revelations come as the Home Office "is set to announce a rise in the number of incidents of violence and disorder at football matches last season." ManU's "liveliest" fixture was former Manager Alex Ferguson’s last in charge -- the final game of the season at West Bromwich Albion. Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts, who oversees many of the force’s football-related operations, believes the dossier "reinforced the need for police to remain vigilant." He said, "Over the years we have been extremely successful in reducing the numbers of disorder at football matches. But football hooliganism has not been solved and just because it is not on as wider scale as it has been in the past we cannot afford to rest on our laurels" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 8/26