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Europa League: Lyon’s Quarter-Final Against Besiktas Delayed By 45 Minutes After Fans Spill Onto Pitch To Escape Ugly Crowd Violence (Photos & Video)

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Kick-off of Thursday night's Europa League quarter-final between Lyon and Besiktas had to be delayed by 45 minutes after crowd trouble marred the opening to proceedings.

Police were deployed as pockets of violence were reported outside the Parc OL and the trouble was limited to the concourse, as fans brawled in the tribune behind the goal as the players warmed up.

Police To Investigate Homophobic Song Sheet Distributed Among West Ham Fans Before Chelsea Match (Photo)

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As you're no doubt aware, West Ham's EFL Cup win over Chelsea last night was entirely marred as terrace etiquette circa 1975 was observed in the stands as clans of tribal troglodytes clashed at the Olympic Stadium.

Despite the best efforts of the stewards, coins were thrown, seats were torn up and innocent people were injured as pockets of fans brawled in and around the ground.

Stadiums

Panorama In Poland & Ukraine – A Polish Perspective

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With just a week to go before the start of the 2012 European Championships, the BBC stands accused of spreading alarmism over concerns regarding crowd trouble and racism at this summers tournament. Patryk Malinski felt that there was plenty left to be desired in this particulate programme.

Last Monday evening the BBC broadcast their programme Panorama: the Stadiums of Hate in which they made a huge step towards biased and sensationalist journalism rather than objective, factual reporting.

Red Star: Genius In Simplicity

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The Belgrade derby has some, shall we say, "behavioral issues" which require constant considerations. How best to combat a problem of lighting the stands on fire whilst also throwing Molotov seat cocktails?

Remove the damn seats.

Good in theory, questionable in its successful application.

The Economics Of Football And Crowd Unrest

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A curious article appeared on the online version of the Wall Street Journal earlier today on the subject of the economic woes that European football is facing. It was, largely, a thoroughly reasonable article, talking of the gap between rich and poor in terms of the tensions that this may come to create within the infrastructure of the pan-European game (even withstanding the at best mixed week that the biggest European clubs endured, which can easily be justified as unfortunate timing), the debt levels that clubs have racked and are racking up in the pursuit of success and the unsustainable amount of money being squandered on players' wages.

Euro 2012

Video: Greece v Croatia marred by crowd violence

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Greek economy fires into life for stadium seat fitters Greece's Euro 2012 qualifier victory over Croatia was disrupted by crowd trouble last night... except in the parallel universere where Uefa match reports are written. English referee Howard Webb suspended the match for six minutes as Greek hooligans lobbed flares, petrol bombs and seats at their [.

Euro 2012 Story So Far

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Qualification for Euro 2012 begins again next month next month and I thought it was a good time to review what has happened so far in qualifying.

It is no surprise to see holders and world champions Spain on maximum points along with Germany and the Netherlands. Russia and Norway, revived by Egil Olsen, have also made a perfect start, while Montenegro have been hugely impressive in their debut campaign.

UEFA awards 3-0 win to Italy after Serbia trouble

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UEFA has awarded Italy with a 3-0 victory after their Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia in Genoa was abandoned due to crowd trouble. Serbia will also have to play their next two home games behind closed doors.

Dear Serbian hooligans, have you considered long-sleeve tops?

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Any distinguishing features? In our earlier post on the Italy-Serbia match that wasn't, we referred to the poor balaclava-wearing fisherman who seemed to be taking all the blame for the crowd trouble. OTP sources are now suggesting that he wasn't innocently cutting his fishing net at all and so, with this in mind, we are [.

Dear Serbian hooligans, have you considered long-sleeve tops?

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Any distinguishing features? In our earlier post on the Italy-Serbia match that wasn't, we referred to the poor balaclava-wearing fisherman who seemed to be taking all the blame for the crowd trouble. OTP sources are now suggesting that he wasn't innocently cutting his fishing net at all and so, with this in mind, we are [.

Reds Wait On Duo Fitness

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Liverpool face an anxious wait to assess the fitness of Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger after the pair limped out of the action during the Euro 2012 qualifiers on Tuesday night.
Kuyt started for Holland but was stretchered off and replaced by Jermain Lens after 29 minutes, while Agger returned from a groin injury but only lasted 39 minutes for Denmark before he had to replaced by former Everton defender Per Kroldrup.

Istanbul

Take a lesson from Turkey, and ban blokes from Leeds v United

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Take a lesson from Turkey, and ban blokes from Leeds v United

On Wednesday the Turkish Football Federation decided that only women and children would be allowed in to watch Fenerbahce against Manisaspor after repeated crowd trouble from the home side. More than 41,000 turned up to the Istanbul stadium, and according to reports it was sweetness, light and sportsmanship all round: "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere," said Manisaspor's Omer Aysan.

Besiktas v Bursaspor

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Turkish eye of the storm
Besiktas 1-0 Bursaspor (05:11:10)
Three fans were put in hospital with knife wounds following the Besiktas v Bursaspor match on Sunday, meaning every news agency reported on it for all the wrong reasons. EFW Turkish correspondent Ulas Gürsat was at the match reporting on what really happened.

home game

Arsenal Legal Department Secure First Win Of Season, Force Spanish Woman To Change Name Of Her Hat Shop

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By Chris Wright

Bitch got served...a legal writ

Arsenal have won a court case in Spain which will force the owner of a hat shop in Seville to change the name of her premises though, sadly, there aren't three points on offer for the victory.

QPR Report Thursday Snippets...Hull?...Ex-QPR Gavin Peacock Profiled

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Hooliganism

Hooligans at Euro 2012 co-host Poland worry UEFA

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Hooliganism is causing a "huge image problem" for European Championship co-host Poland with every round of league matches marred by crowd trouble, a UEFA executive said on Wednesday.

Ahead of the influx of football fans in the country next year, Polish authorities have vowed to adopt a zero tolerance toward hooliganism.

Hooliganism Rears Its Ugly Head, Again.

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It was supposed to be another match between BeÅŸiktaÅŸ and Bursaspor. With BeÅŸiktaÅŸ needing a win to climb to contention for the Turkish Super League title, and Bursaspor needing a win to keep pace with Trabzonspor at the top of the standings, this match was important for both clubs. BeÅŸiktaÅŸ won the match 1-0.

Manchester United

Rangers Fans Warned By UEFA Over Sectarian Chants

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By Chris Wright

Glasgow Rangers have issued a warning to their fans that any sectarian chanting during tonight's Champions League tie with Manchester United will subject the club to punishment from UEFA.

The Scottish club have a fairly poor recent record in terms of UEFA disciplinary action (due to crowd trouble during several Champions League games over the past few years), and have been forewarned by Platini and co.

Greatest Manchester Derby Victories

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The Great Busby Babes

With the latest installment of the Manchester Derby less than 24 hours away we take a look back on some of the greatest victories for both these EPL giants, and their have been some classics.

1957 United 4 1 City (Old Trafford)

In what was to be the last Derby meeting between the sides before the Munich Air-Crash, at Old Trafford, United thumped City 4-1 showing what could have been had their faith not been decided in February 1958.

Selangor's humiliation

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Who was the joker who thought it would be a great hoot to schedule the Sultan of Selangor at the same time as the Malaysia Cup quarter finals second leg?
Selangor had to play in Kota Bahru, never an easy place to play and an even hotter venue after events in the first leg when crowd trouble marred the game at Shah Alam Stadium.

Italian National Team

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again Of Stefano Mauri As The Lazio Midfielder Earns An Azzurri Recall

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It may have been three years coming but Stefano Mauri made his return to the Italian national team on Friday against Northern Ireland and was again selected in the team to play Serbia, though a minority of Serbian fans put paid to another 90 minutes as the match was abandoned because of crowd trouble.

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again Of Stefano Mauri As The Lazio Midfielder Earns An Azzurri Recall

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It may have been three years coming but Stefano Mauri made his return to the Italian national team on Friday against Northern Ireland and was again selected in the team to play Serbia, though a minority of Serbian fans put paid to another 90 minutes as the match was abandoned because of crowd trouble.

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again Of Stefano Mauri As The Lazio Midfielder Earns An Azzurri Recall

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It may have been three years coming but Stefano Mauri made his return to the Italian national team on Friday against Northern Ireland and was again selected in the team to play Serbia, though a minority of Serbian fans put paid to another 90 minutes as the match was abandoned because of crowd trouble.

The Rest

‘Nobody Wants To Fight In Front Of His Mother’ – Brazilian Club Employ Fans’ Mums As Stewards In Bid To Curb Crowd Trouble

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By Chris Wright

Brazilian club Sport Club do Recife have employed a team of supporters' mothers to act as stadium stewards in a bid to curb crowd trouble at their stadium.

Sporttrained the 30 ladiesto patrol the terraces during Sunday's derby against Nautico, monitoring the crowd while each wearing an orange hi-vis vest that read SEGURANÇA MÃE/SECURITY MUMon the back.

More Dead Indonesian Football Fans

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I mentioned a couple of days ago about the trouble in Bantul between rival supporters groups. Well, it seems one fan has died as a result of the fighting.

What the fuck is all that about? This was not a barney between fans of two different teams, it was fans of the same club battering the shit out of each other and, in one case, the life out of one fan.

Arsenal to get BIG boost against Napoli in Champions League

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It seems as though Arsenal have been given a further boost in the Champions League following a flying start to the campaign so far. It has been revealed by sources in the English media that the Gunners are likely to face Napoli behind closed doors when Arsene Wenger's side travel to Italy for the final [.

Top five conclusions: Montenegro 1-1 England

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1. Crowd trouble at an England match and the English supporters are nothing but bewildered spectators. How times have changed. 2. Nothing signifies an ultimately disappointing draw is on the horizon quite like an early England goal. 3. Given Joe Hart's propensity to find touch with such regularity, he might have been the man to [.

New Century, Old Tensions: Russian & Polish Supporters Clash In Warsaw

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For those amongst us of a certain age, the scenes from the streets of Warsaw yesterday afternoon and evening had a wearyingly familiar look to them streets of mostly young men, mostly wearing terrible clothes, trading kicks and punches on the street of a European city whilst others, including, of course, a media that had over the last few days given every impression of really looking forward to this moment, looked on.

Crowd Trouble In Yogyakarta

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Persija finally recorded a victory against their nemesis but not for the first time a game between the two teams was marred by crowd trouble.
In 2007 during a Copa Indonesia semi final Persipura fans invaded the pitch through a single gate that was left open, ostensibly to escape from a tiny number of Persija fans who were attacking them.

Historians Discover That Scottish Football Is 500 Years Old, Only Two Teams Were Any Good Back Then As Well

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By Alan Duffy

An original illustration of crowd trouble outside Ibrox before Ye Olde Firm Derby of 1501

The good old Beeb report that, according to recently discovered documents from the court of King James IV, orgainsed football was being played north of the border as long ago as 1497.

Video: Away team chased off the pitch by fans in Bosnia

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Crowd trouble The Bosnian Cup match between Zrinjski and Velez descended into chaotic scenes when Rijad Demic scored an injury time goal for away side Velez. The game is the Mostar derby, with the teams sitting on either side of Croat and Muslim community divide. The Velez players were celebrating the goal when they decided [.

Women and Children Only at Turkish Football Matches

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Men are pigs. Bullish, impatient, mindless, and above all selfish. It is why I only love women. And apparently, so do the Turks. In an effort to punish clubs for crowd trouble while acknowledging that such trouble comes from a small percentage of individuals, the Turkish Football Federation proposed barring all males over the age of 12 from the stands as punishment.

Cardiff City Fans Face Transport Problems

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Whilst Cardiff's 1-0 win at Upton Park against West Ham last Sunday was overshadowed by the events in Tottenham, crowd trouble of a different kind is aggravating Cardiff Fans. Arriva Trains Wales have decided to stop trains calling at Ninian Park station for Bluebirds' home games during a 3 hour period.

Old QPR-Related Videos Compilation

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Home Internationals unlikely to be regular fixture

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The FA has suggested it is unlikely to resurrect the Home Nations tournament on a permanent basis, instead looking to reinstate the tournament to celebrate its 150th birthday.

New sponsors Vauxhall are said to be eager to have the competition on a yearly basis but the FA have now moved quash any speculation surrounding the tournament.

Sunderland fan in custody after invading pitch

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SUNDERLAND, England Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said a young supporter is in police custody on Sunday after running onto the pitch and appearing to push a player to the ground amid crowd trouble at the end of a Premier League match against Newcastle. The pitch invader was led away by police after confronting Newcastle [.

Not A Terribly Happy New Year At Nuneaton or Tilbury

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It only took two days for a familiar old boil that has never been properly lanced to rear its head in non-league football this year, as crowd trouble marred two non-league matches afternoon. These incidents occurred at Liberty Way, at the Blue Square North match between Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United, and at the Ryman League match between Tilbury and Grays Athletic.

UEFA Champions League: Wednesday's Round-Up & Reports

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Arsenal survived a nervous night at Emirates Stadium to defeat Partizan Belgrade and book a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, but already-qualified Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the campaign at Marseille. Elsewhere, Roma reached the knockout stages after a draw with CFR Cluj, while Bayern Munich made light work of Basel, and Spartak Moscow came from behind to defeat MSK Zilina in a match affected by crowd trouble.

Crowds And Competitions

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In the Dec 2nd, 2010 edition of The Soccer Daily, crowd trouble in the Carling Cup and Real Salt Lake tries to build up the CONCACAF Champions League. With J Hutcherson -- Last night a section of Birmingham City's support decided to remind English soccer that their leagues can experience crowd control problems.

Mayhem At The Marassi As Italy Against Serbia Descends Into Chaos – Italian ‘Serie A’ Football FanCast

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The Italian Football FanCast is the podcast for fans of Serie A and Calcio. The podcast is back, though still without Dave. But in his absence we go over Tuesday's events in Genoa, where crowd trouble overshadowed and ultimately led to the Italy Serbia match being cancelled. Kris was there so we have a first hand account of the evenings shocking events.