26 August 2010

Anders Green

The English influence on Scandinavian football is immense and has its roots in the late 60’s when English football started to be televised. Not just the interest in football has been imported, but also crowd behaviour mostly defined as hooliganism. The development of hooliganism in Scandinavia is uneven, with Sweden having the longest history followed by Denmark and then Norway. The scopes of the problems are often hard to estimate as the definitions of the hooliganism phenomena are unclear, and there is no “hooliganism crime” in any of the countries’ penal law. A universal problem is the media’s eagerness to write about it, which has unfailing amplifying effects. Another problematic aspect is that the hooliganism to a certain degree nowadays has left the vicinity of the arenas and takes place at other places and times, beyond the matches. This makes it harder to define it a football related problem, as football no longer seems to be a precondition for hooliganism. Whether it is a football related problem or not, both the police and the clubs have to cope with not just the hooliganism, but also the risk of it.

Status:    Finished
Country:  Sweden
Contact: anders.green@phs.police.se

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