A Saturday scrap
Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00
•The Scottish government's attempts to legislate against "offensive behaviour" at football matches demonstrates the total lack of understanding of what is essentially a working-class sport by middle-class lawyers and self-styled intellectuals.
Intrinsic to soccer is a tribalism which often spills over into ritualised verbal and physical violence off the pitch.
For a significant proportion of match-goers, it provides a weekly safety valve for the pent up aggression which they are, quite rightly, unable to vent in daily life.