Many countries face violent football supporters. Write from your own experience and knowledge about the reasons and how this problem could be solved.
The violent behavior of football spectators, commonly referred to as “hooliganism”, has been a worldwide phenomenon. For decades supporters have caused disorder both inside and outside grounds in almost all countries where football is played, which has prompted us to think about what factors might contribute to the situation in hope of finding proper ways to overcome this negative trend.
The media are viewed as a fundamental component of hooligan culture. If they get it wrong, it can create trouble as well as just not stopping it.
More specifically, if media’s representation of the phenomenon is overly negative, overstated and disproportionate, football fans are very likely to become angry and want revenge.
Therefore, the media should be restricted in their power to report things that might stir up the negative feelings of football fans. To construct a safe and harmonious environment for viewing the games, the media can focus on promoting the positive social functions of sports.
Aggressive style of policing is also believed to increase violence in sports. Certain police forces in particular, notably those in parts of Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America, hold a reputation for their indiscriminate use of violence. Policing football matches often seems to amount to nothing more than reacting to problems as they arise. To well address this problem, proactive and intelligence-led policing should be practiced. This style of policing appears to have been, to some extent, a successful strategy in the containment of football hooliganism.
Violence was also thought to be generated when supporters feel dissatisfied with the running of their club, or if they sense injustice. In this case, the responsibility to create a harmonious atmosphere in sports viewing also falls on football fans themselves.
In summary, the factors contributing to football violence are varied and complex and I just point out some of them – negative media influence, improper policing and individual dissatisfaction with possible solutions followed.