Sunday 11 December 2016

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.

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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.

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