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.


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.


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.


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.


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