Major instances of soccer hooliganism
Russian soccer fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in
separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, just hours before the two
teams met in a Euro 2012 match.
In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish soccer
hooligans were seen attacking Russians, who responded violently.
Dozens of men kicked and beat each other, while flares could be
seen exploding in their midst.
February 2012 – In Port Said, Egypt, 74 fans die in clashes
after a league match between local club al-Masry and al-Ahly from
Cairo, which became the focus for conflict after former president
Hosni Mubarak’s ouster a year earlier. After the home side’s win,
fans invaded the pitch and ran the full length of the field to
attack Al-Ahly followers. Days of deadly clashes followed in Cairo
between police and protesters who accused the Interior Ministry of
doing nothing to protect fans. Nine senior police officers have
been charged with assisting the mob.
2000 European Championship – A total of 374 England supporters
were arrested after clashes with Germany fans on the eve of the
rivals’ group match in Charleroi, Belgium. One England fan was
stabbed in the back in the fighting, which started out of an Irish
pub and led to Belgian police – using official English ”spotters”
– being mobilized to quell a chair-throwing mob that ran riot.
LEEDS FANS KILLED
2000 – In Turkey, two Leeds United fans were killed before a
UEFA Cup semifinal against Galatasaray in Istanbul, reportedly
after a group of Leeds supporters insulted a van driver. One died
after being stabbed, another died in hospital that evening.
FRENCH POLICE ATTACKED
1998 World Cup – A French police officer, Daniel Nivel, is
attacked by a group of German hooligans after their team played
Yugoslavia in Lens. Nivel was blinded in his right eye and woke
from his coma six weeks later. Earlier in the tournament, England
supporters fought with Tunisia and France fans in Marseille.
NATIONALIST RIOTS IN CROATIA
1990 – Amid simmering tensions in the final months of the former
Yugoslavia, nationalist riots broke out at a league match between
Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade from Serbia.
Future Croatia star player Zvonmir Boban famously attacked a police
officer to protect a Dinamo fan.
RUNNING BATTLES AT EUROS
1988 European Championship – Regular running battles throughout
the tournament played in West Germany involving German, English,
Irish and Dutch hooligans. Hundreds were arrested. The 8-nation
tournament offered English hooligans a rare chance to travel abroad
for matches during a five-year ban for English clubs from UEFA
competitions. The ban was imposed after 39 mostly Italian fans died
when Liverpool fans rioted at the 1985 European Cup final at Heysel
Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.
1980 European Championship – England’s opening game, against
Belgium in Turin, is held up for several minutes when players are
affected by tear gas used by Italian police in clashes with England