Woman sues Toyota over 'terrifying' emails from fake football hooligan A woman is suing Toyota for "terrorising" her with emails purporting to come from an English football hooligan who wanted to hide from police in her house. By Matthew Moore
16 Oct 2009
Amber Duick claims that she was so scared by the bizarre marketing campaign that she was forced to sleep with a machete beneath her bed. She is now claiming more than $10 million in compensation from the Japanese car maker for "stalking" her with fake emails over five days last year.
The messages from the fictional hooligan, Sebastian Bowler, included claims that he knew where she lived and intended to stay at her house when he went on the run. "Amber mate! Coming 2 Los Angeles. Gonna lay low at your place for a bit till it all blows over," one email read. They also contained links to a hoax MySpace page set up under Bowler's name that included a photo of his pit bull terrier Trigger and a blurry of image showing him among a crowd of England football fans before a riot.
The adverts were part of an "edgy" campaign for Toyota's new Matrix model dreamed up by the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency, in which members of the public were encouraged to nominate a friend to be pranked by unsettling emails. "Pick one of our maniacs to mess with their heads for five straight days while you sit back and watch it all go down," a video released to promote the campaign urged.
Toyota is contesting the lawsuit, which has been lodged in Mrs Duick's home city of Los Angeles, on the grounds that she signed an online form giving her consent to take part in the the campaign. "The person who made this claim specifically opted in, granting her permission to receive campaign emails and other communications from Toyota," a spokesman told ABC News. But Mrs Duick's legal team said that she never knew that she would be subjected to such a traumatic ordeal, which affected her ability to work.
This is the Radio Scotland recording of the events leading up to that video. Apparently the club's spokesman is blaming this on 'a problem with the turnstiles'. The fact that only fans in the official supporter's club could get tickets should be noted!
A major exercise to practice emergency procedures in the Euroborg stadium, home to football club FC Groningen, got out of hand on Tuesday evening. According to police, a group of extras playing the role of football hooligans became “rather too convincing”.
Instead of hurling tennis balls at the riot police as arranged, the hired ‘hooligans’ began throwing stones. The organisers then decided to put a stop to the simulation. “The exercise got a bit too realistic,” a spokesperson for the Groningen emergency services observed. Fifteen hundred people took part in the drill set up for police, fire and ambulance services to practice dealing with large crowds.
The exercise in the northern city of Groningen was prompted by an incident in April 2008, which revealed shortcomings in the football ground’s capacity to deal with emergencies. Fire broke out in the stands when a large group of supporters threw toilet rolls, which then went up in flames. One of the recommendations that came out of the investigation was that regular drills should be held to practice coordination between the emergency services.
Algerian soccer fans show their passport in travel agency to get a flight ticket for Sudan in Algiers. Tension between the two Arab countries, fuelled by the media and bloggers, has reached unprecedented levels with both sides reporting acts of violence and sabotage against their nationals and interests. Football hooligans: Kuwait vows zero tolerance Thousands of euphoric and vociferous Egyptians filled the main streets in Kuwait City on Saturday after their national team's win in a crucial match against Algeria for the 2010 World Cup finals. By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
November 17, 2009
Manama: Kuwait's interior ministry has vowed a zero-tolerance policy towards security and traffic violations as the country braces itself for massive street jubilations by expatriate fans following the crucial football match between Algeria and Egypt on Wednesday.
"The ministry has taken all precautionary measures to tackle any attempt to break the law and there will be a zero-tolerance policy towards any breach of security or traffic. Parades and large assemblies will be strictly banned," Colonel Mohammad Al Sabr, the interior ministry spokesman, said. "Everyone has the right to celebrate and express happiness, but without abusing the rights of other people."
Thousands of euphoric and vociferous Egyptians filled the main streets in Kuwait City on Saturday after their national team's win in a crucial match against Algeria for the 2010 World Cup finals.
The ministry's warning and call for restraint came ahead of the final match between Algeria and Egypt on Wednesday in neutral Sudan to decide which of the two teams will qualify amid local concerns that street jubilations and joy triggered by a qualification would be marred by horrific verbal abuses and physical violence. More than 250,000 Egyptians live in Kuwait, making them one of the largest expatriate communities in the country. The Algerian community is much smaller.
Tension between the two Arab countries, fuelled by the media and bloggers, has reached unprecedented levels with both sides reporting acts of violence and sabotage against their nationals and interests.
Al Sabr said that expatriate football fans needed to reign in their enthusiasm and abide by the local culture and safety standards in celebrating victories and expressing public joy.
"While the ministry shares the expatriates' happiness, we urge them to express it within the confines of sports and fair play, without harming or hurting anyone and ensuring their own safety and that of other people," Colonel Mohammad Al Sabr, the interior ministry spokesman, said.
Hooliganism: the ugly rush By Eleni Antoniou
WE WERE warned to stay back and hide the colours of our scarves and T-shirts. Having barbwire between myself and the police is not a first for me; I was involved in various demonstrations during my teenage years and am accustomed to large crowds of screaming, raving heads.
However, standing outside a football stadium with a group of aggravated fans pleading with policemen to let us through was unknown territory. We weren’t trying to cause trouble (at least I wasn’t), but the message was that if you don’t want to get your head smashed in, you should either “zip up and hide your colours or wait until the opposing team leaves.”
Football has always caused a stir in social properness since the English came up with hooliganism in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although the English Disease can apparently be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Edward II banned football because he believed the disorder surrounding matches might lead to social unrest or even treason, it has somehow seeped into international social groups causing so much trouble. ‘Social unrest’ doesn’t even come close to describing it.
If you happen to have witnessed an act of hooliganism, you’ll perhaps portray it as the closest you’ll ever come to war. “Those were my exact feelings when I was 15 and I found myself caught up in the middle of a heated argument that quickly turned into a fist-fight and eventually a riot,” explains football fan Panayiotis Andreou, 27. He admits that it was an adrenaline-rush experience he felt the need to participate in. “When you’re at such a young age, when rebelling is in your blood, you don’t run. You stay and fight!”
Even before entering the stadium, the vibes are strong enough to make your stomach flutter with excitement for no apparent reason. It’s almost as if you know something could happen at any moment and unconsciously you’re preparing to run for your life, join in or take a spot where observation is boundless.
“I remember the first time I saw a fight break out in front of me. I froze and felt completely useless for not being able to stop it,” recalls Theodosia Larini, a 28-year-old lawyer. Indeed, it can be difficult and traumatising for a woman or a child when fans clash, however, everywhere you look, there are kids holding onto their father or mother’s hand, decked in the favourite team’s colours while groups of girls keep moving in, sometimes chanting or talking on their mobile phones, looking as though they don’t have a care in the world.
Gone are the days when football grounds were viewed as a female-free zone; today, the scene is open to all ages, races and sexes. Elena, 17, says: “I am a big fan of the sport anyway but I also regularly attend games because it’s always a fun environment. We meet up with friends and love the excitement and roughness of it.”
In the prime of hooliganism in Cyprus, one incident that remains in mind is the image of a middle-aged man being beaten to near death by a group of youngsters. His seven-year-old son witnessed the episode and once the angry mob was pulled away, the boy stood over his father’s still body, pulling his hair and trying to lift him.
As a 28-year-old married woman who occasionally feels the need to let loose and take in some excitement, there are very few places to do so in a small and prejudiced society like Cyprus. Imagine what it’s like for a hot-blooded teenager or socially pressured 35-year-old! Patrick Murphy, CRSS of the University of Lancaster once wrote: “While it will probably give the administrators of Cypriot football little comfort, it may be that the sport is acting as a kind of safety valve for aggressive male adolescent energies. “If these are chocked-off in the football context, they may be displaced and surface in other, perhaps equally if not more threatening social contexts.”
Despite a get-tough-on-hooligans law being passed almost two years ago, football-related violence hasn’t died down. While government and police are scratching their heads as to how incidents keep occurring, basic statements we were given by hardcore fans, which were almost impossible to find let alone talk, give a good indication.
One 25-year-old said: “We hate each other – even if it is for just 90 minutes.” Another, in his early 30s said: “We don’t feel it’s a game. It’s war. And it’s one that has been going on forever. Opposing teams like APOEL and Omonoia or AEL and Apollon will never like each other and there’s nothing anyone can do.”
While it was almost impossible to contact fans from any first division teams, one has to simply search the internet to see just how serious football fans can be. One video found on YouTube was titled: ‘Hardcore hooligans, stand your ground and fight’.
In the UK, more than 2,500 English football fans were banned from going to Euro 2004. This was based on a policy founded on the notion that hooliganism is the preserve of a small minority of trouble-makers. Target this marginal faction, so the official argument goes, and you will eliminate the problem. However, psychologists who specialise in crowd behaviour and who have made a special study of football fans’ behaviour, have arrived at almost diametrically opposite conclusions. They believe that many caught up in riots have no previous history of violence and instead are galvanised into actions by a sense of solidarity which emerges suddenly and powerfully, as a direct result of the way the authorities confront crowds.
Dr Clifford Stott, a psychologist at the University of Liverpool began to formulate his ideas after his study of the London poll tax riots in 1990, where it became clear that violence from a group of people who usually had not met much, or even at all before, emerges from the rapid but powerful development of a shared group identity.
This identity, he believes, is based on a strong sense of ‘them’ and ‘us’ which is often spurred on by certain police control techniques. Add to that the strong history that exists between Cypriot teams, the politics and the ‘small society’ factor and you have a recipe for disaster.
If UK police strategies have failed against football hooligans, evident of when one man was recently stabbed at a game between rival teams Millwall and West Ham, what hope could there be for Cyprus where police have declared they’re scared of arresting rampaging hooligans?
Football hooligans clash in Germany
November 29 2009
Frankfurt - Football fans fought with each other and clashed with police in at least three German cities over the weekend, with 85 people arrested and at least nine injured. Disturbances occurred in Berlin, Bochum and Bielefeld and involved supporters of several Bundesliga clubs, police said Sunday.
A match Sunday between the youth teams of Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen had to be abandoned after 25 minutes because of fighting between rival fans. A group of about 100 Schalke fans attacked 50 Dortmund supporters. Police detained about 20 Schalke fans.
In Berlin, rival fans of Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt clashed at Saturday's game and police arrested 66 people. Eintracht fans also attacked stadium marshals at one of the gates of the Olympic stadium and two supporters were detained. Eintracht won the match 3-1.
Hamburger SV fans going to their club's game in Mainz trashed the train they were traveling in and damaged shops at the Bielefeld station when the train made a scheduled stop there. About 150 drunken fans were detained and later sent back to Hamburg on buses. The match in Mainz ended in a 1-1 draw.
Cologne fans rioted in downtown Bochum before Friday's 0-0 draw, resulting in 19 arrests and nine injured. - Sapa-AP
South Africa roll out buses with onboard jails ready for World Cup football hooligans
November 30, 2009
South Africa have come up with a practical solution for tackling football hooliganism during the World Cup next year. The host country have converted a fleet of former 65-seater council buses into mobile jails which will be present at all England matches during the tournament.
The buses, which have been nicknamed Jaws, have enough cells onboard for 20 prisoners, plus a specially converted court where a judge will be present. This way, anyone found to be misbehaving can be convicted immediately. Chief Inspector Vincent Mogopudi explained the system: “By having it at the scene of a crime, we can arrest people and process them on the spot. Minutes later they can be before a judge in an office at the front of the vehicle.” He warned that the worst perpetrators would be taken to a conventional prison straight away, or transported to an airport ready for deportation.
The Justice Buses were trialled earlier this year during the Confederations Cup Tournament. Now the unique coaches will be rolled out during the Football World Cup which kicks off in South Africa on June 11th next year to help clamp down on the problem of violent behaviour between football supporters. 25,000 England supporters are expected to descend upon the country next summer and it’s hoped the buses will prove an effective deterrent for many.
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