Football thugs go on rampage in Brighton
2nd August 2010
Up to 100 football hooligans took part in an organised street fight as Brighton and Hove Albion played a pre-season match. Groups descended on the city to take part in the pre-arranged stand-off.
Residents and publicans locked their doors as two gangs clashed in Grove Hill, Brighton. A team of 20 police officers stormed the scene and the group scattered in different directions. Eleven people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
30 Hooligans arrested as Away fans fight amongst themselves
August 6, 2010
A group of 30 Slovenian football hooligans have been arrested in connection with an alleged riot in Edinburgh last night. Police were called to the city’s Canongate district at 6.40pm on Thursday night following reports of violent scenes between the away supporters close to the Pancho Villa’s restaurant. They threw tables, chairs and bottles in a running battle down towards Holyrood, as visitors and residents tried to evade the trouble.
A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police said 30 people were arrested and charged with mobbing and rioting. And are expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday afternoon.
All of those arrested were Slovenian and were believed to be in the city for Hibs’ Europa League Qualifier. Hibs lost the match 3 – 2, having already lost the first leg in Slovenia. The results ended Hibs hopes of progressing in European competition this season.
its no way as bad as it was over here these days but some clubs live in their own time warp bubble thing. anyone that says rangers v celtic is the worst has never seen the mental mess that is the south wales derby, obviously the plod dont help things much.
a little example of the stupidity of the welsh came a few years back when wales played italy at the san siro, as usual wales got beat and as usual there was trouble. italian plod turn up mob handed and stood around watching, turns out they are used to fans of other teams fighting each other so they can protect the italians and hammer the away fans, what they didnt expect was the welsh fans to start fighting each other !
few weeks later i was at a milan game and started talking to a mate that works for the italian plod and he was telling me they didnt have a clue what was going on
Two Spurs hooligans jailed for “cowardly” Arsenal attack
August 12, 2010
As a warning to football hooligans the police are cracking down on thugs ahead of the new football season, and they have scored their first success against two Tottenham “fans”.
Danny Scriven, 26, and Kali Hagenstede, 21, were amongst a gang of more than 20 Spurs hooligans who attacked Arsenal fans as they drank in The George, in Holloway, after the Gunners had destroyed Tottenham 3-0 at the end of October. Both of them admitted violent disorder and were jailed for 15 months each, and banned from attending any football matches for six years.
Luckily the drinkers saw the gang coming and managed to lock and barricade the dorrs before they arrived, but that didn’t stop the Tottenham thugs from smashing all the windows and throwing missiles at the crowd inside.
Judge Deva Pillay said: “This was an organised and planned disturbance with a clear aim of causing distress and mayhem on the streets of Islington. Many members of the public were going about their business – some with children and others who were elderly and infirm. You both intentionally hurled missiles at the public house. The reality is quite simply that football violence appears to be endemic in some sectors of the community and frequently the violence is committed by otherwise perfectly respectable individuals who hold down highly responsible jobs.”
Police Constable Pete Dearden, the football intelligence officer for Arsenal, said that these sentences came at the right time to let thugs know that their behaviour wouldn’t be tolerated in the new season. “This was probably our worst incident of last season,” he said. “The risk supporters from Arsenal had moved on to another pub when this large group of Tottenham risk supporters emerged from Holloway Tube station. They armed themselves with chains, barriers, bins, sticks, bits of wood and anything else they could get their hands on and it was classic mob mentality.
“All hell broke loose and what made it even more cowardly was that the people cowering inside The George were just normal regulars enjoying their Saturday night. But to get 15 months for this type of incident sends out a message. If this had been done on a stag do, it probably would not have even gone to court. But this was pre-planned, pre-meditated football violence that harks back to the bad old days of the 70s and 80s.
“The hooligans will talk about the severity of these sentences and it will be put on websites, and people will now think twice about getting involved in disorder. Last season we had a 40 per cent decrease in organised football violence because of successes such as this. A lot of these people have families and jobs during the week and they are realising it’s just not worth risking jail for.”
Let’s hope we don’t see any repeats of this stupidity this year…………
Millionaire football fan avoids jail term after setting fire to sheep costume man Hibernian fan Peter Wallace let off after agreeing to pay Aberdeen supporter £25,000 compensation.
25 August 2010
A millionaire football fan who almost killed a rival supporter by setting fire to his home-made sheep costume, avoided jail on Wednesday after agreeing to pay his victim £25,000 compensation. Peter Wallace, heir to a £3m Fife farm which has been in his family for five generations, caused panic on a crowded train after setting his victim Arjuna Rabindranath alight. Mr Rabindranath, 24, ran through the carriage, blazing and in agony.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard that the pair were among fans, many of them in fancy dress to celebrate Halloween, returning from Aberdeen's October 31 Scottish Premier League fixture at Hibs last year. Wallace, 24, who manages the farm near St Andrews, repeatedly flicked his lighter near Aberdeen fan Arjuna's costume - made of a white tracksuit and cotton wool - until it caught light.
Depute fiscal Mark McGuire, prosecuting, told the court: "People heard screaming and saw a man on fire running about." One of the passengers on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen train described the sight of the burning, panic-stricken fan running through the carriage as "like a scene from a horror movie". People threw beer on to Arjuna's sheep outfit to try and douse the flames, but to no effect. The victim was taken to hospital in Dunfermline but later transferred to the specialist burns unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston.
The court heard that Wallace, wearing a Hibs top, later approached police at Kirkcaldy railway station and said: "It was me. I was just mucking about with a lighter and accidentally set fire to the man." Arjuna suffered second and third-degree burns to more than 40% of his body, and there were fears for his life because of the damage caused to his lungs by smoke inhalation and sepsis. He remained in hospital until January when he was discharged at his own request into the care of his mother, who came from India to look after him.
Wallace, of Kincaple Farm Cottages, near St Andrews, Fife, pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly flicking a lighter, causing it to spark and set his victim's clothes alight. David Bell, defending, said Wallace was the eldest of three and was brought on the arable family farm - but had previously received a football-related on the spot fine which, the solicitor said, resulted from him "drinking at a Hibs semi-final at Hampden Park in 2007". The offence was dealt with by a fine.
He said: "He went to agricultural college in Aberdeen for two years but had to return after his father died a tragic death after an eight-months fight with cancer. He moved back five years ago to work on the farm, and is now the manager, in effect. The farm is worth £3m and has assets of £250,000. My client is due a third of that, along with his two siblings. He lives for his family work and his mother describes him as a workaholic. He plays rugby and is also a Hibs fan."
He added: "He attended the game in question. He met the Mr Rabindranath on the train and they talked in good humour about it. They even exchanged number to meet that night. He was distraught when later questioned by police about the incident, but he has always accepted responsibility. Some have described the Mr Rabindranath as looking like a fireball. It was a stupid and reckless act. He asks himself now what Mr Rabindranath must think of him, after his life was turned upside down. He has written to him apologising, and he hopes the Crown will be able to pass it onto him once the case is over. If he went to jail, it would have a catastrophic effect on the farm and his family. His younger brother, who is less experienced at farm work than he is, would have to leave his studies as an accountant to take over."
Sheriff Grant McCulloch ordered Wallace to be admonished, in addition to making the compensation order. He told Wallace: "This case is tragic not only for you and your family, but for the effect it has had on the victim. It has been catastrophic for him. This incident again shows the dangers of playing with a naked flame. I accept you didn't want to cause harm - this is more like a terrible accident. Your behaviour since has shown a level of maturity and I have seen your letter to the victim, and it is very sympathetic. I accept you are unlikely to offend again, and there would be no benefit in imposing a custodial sentence."
The bampot should have been jailed - just as well he was rich enough to buy his way out...
I've not heard of violence in a tennis crowd before... how twisted of them though; to be offended by swearing so fucking much that they'd get into a fight over it. That's some twisted moral compass these sanctimonious freaks have.
I've not heard of violence in a tennis crowd before... how twisted of them though; to be offended by swearing so fucking much that they'd get into a fight over it. That's some twisted moral compass these sanctimonious freaks have.
That was so funny. Utterly bizarre. Swearing for me is one of those things that helps deny the claim that humans are the brightest animal!
Amnesty International warns of violence at Belgrade Pride
September 27, 2010
Human rights organisation Amnesty International today warned of a risk of right wing groups threatening the safety of next week's pride march in Belgrade. The march, which is due to take place on the 10th October will be the first in the capital of Serbia since 2001. Then, the march was broken up by violent attacks on the participants by extremists, including football hooligans and members of far-right organisations.
Amnesty International Campaigns Director Tim Hancock said: "Amnesty has already learnt of several attempts to intimidate individual gay rights activists. The threats are designed to inflame prejudice, increase hostility and encourage violence, and all with one simple aim – to destroy the gay community in Serbia. They cannot be allowed to continue. The Serbian authorities must take a tough stance.
"Under international and domestic law, the Serbian authorities must guarantee the rights to freedom to assembly, expression and association to the LGBT community and their supporters. The police must immediately investigate all threats, identify possible security risks from counter-demonstrators and guarantee the safety of participants. Political leaders should state publicly and unequivocally that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the right to demonstrate and that anyone trying to violate these rights will be brought to justice."
He added: "Diversity and tolerance, equality before the law for all, no discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity grounds, are all messages that LGBT rights activists will take to the streets on 10 October. They must be able to do so without fear of threats and threats."
Last year, after organisers met with police, they said that the event had been cancelled as a result of high security risks and a lack of co-operation from the police that meant they had no choice but to call off the event. Serbian President Boris Tadic warned against creating an "atmosphere of chaos'" and "threats and violence". He said: "The state will do everything to protect people, whatever their national, religious, sexual or political orientation, and no group must resort to threats and violence, or take justice into its own hands and jeopardize the lives of those who think or are different."
Considering the importance of these hooligans and associated right-wing thugs with Serbian war crimes during the Balkans War, the people organising this are brave indeed.
Uefa begins investigation into Serbia fan violence
Uefa has launched an investigation into the violent scenes involving Serbia fans which caused their Euro 2012 qualifier in Italy to be abandoned. Pre-match clashes in Genoa had already delayed the kick-off before the match was called off after only six minutes. The referee and match delegate's report will be consulted during the process. Possible sanctions from Uefa include a reprimand or fine, stadium closure or even disqualification from current and/or future competitions.
The events in Genoa will be discussed at a Uefa meeting on 28 October, with the Italian football federation also facing possible punishment. "Aside from the responsibility of those that provoked the incidents, Uefa rules also consider the responsibility of the federation that organises the game," UEFA Spokesman Rob Faulkner told Gazzetta dello Sport. "They have the duty to guarantee safety in the stadium as well as making sure the game goes ahead."
Serbian Football Association chief Tomislav Karadzic said there had been "indications" there would be violence, which he said "brought embarrassment and shame on our country." Karadzic told Belgrade's B92 television that the crowd trouble had been planned back home, with the travelling fans being "just the executors." He added: "We had problems during training, before the match, and now this. The state must react."
Serbia's ambassador to Italy, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, said she was appalled by what took place, and apologised on behalf of the country. "What happened in Genoa was a disgrace, a nightmare," she said. "I and all of the Serbians are ashamed. I take this opportunity to send the apologies from the embassy, our government and our population to the Italian people for what has happened." Italian police have confirmed 17 arrests were made, 16 of them Serbian.
Italy, who endured a disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, went into the game with seven points from their opening three qualifiers whereas the Serbs were three points adrift after their shock home defeat by Estonia last Friday.
The kick-off at the Luigi Ferraris stadium was delayed after Serbian fans threw flares in the direction of the north stand, where Italian supporters were seated, and on to the pitch. And only six minutes of play was possible before Scottish referee Craig Thomson called a halt to proceedings because of more flares being set off and fireworks being thrown on to the pitch, one of which landed near Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
Following discussions between delegations from both countries and Uefa officials representatives, the Serbs went back to the dressing room. Although no official announcement had been made at that point about the match being abandoned, the Italians then also left the pitch, applauding their fans as they did so, as the majority of supporters left the stadium. "It was impossible to play in that goal. I would have had to constantly turn around to avoid the fireworks. It wouldn't have been nice to get hit in the head," added Viviano.
Italian Football Federation security chief Roberto Massucci blamed Serbian authorities for allowing the troublemakers to travel in the first place. "Fans that are so dangerous should not have arrived in Genoa. They should have been stopped by the Serbian officials," Massucci said. "We were aware that this game had a risk factor but a behaviour of such aggressiveness we had not experienced for some time. From the traditional channels of communication with the Serbian police, we had not been given any signs of the degree of danger of these fans."
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he was "sad and bitter" about the way the evening had turned out. "I've never experienced anything like this," Prandelli stated. "The [Serbia] players have been assaulted by their own fans in their bus. Their goalkeeper [Vladimir Stojkovic] was in our changing room, he was trembling and had fear - not only about tonight but also in view of returning home. The ultra fans seemed organised. It appeared as though they would have done everything possible to make sure the game was not played. According to the Serbian players, that was their aim."
Sporting Lisbon keeper Stojkovic, who spent a period on loan at Wigan during the 2009-10 season, began his career playing for Red Star Belgrade and is now back in the city on loan at their bitter rivals Partizan.
The context behind Serbia's football hooligan problem
By Feodor Nincic
BBC Serbian Service
The identity of the perpetrators of the violence in Genoa which led to the suspension of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier between Italy and Serbia has largely been established. But there is much speculation in Serbia as to their motives. There is talk of a cocktail of right-wing extremism and organised crime and of the deep hatred Red Star football fans feel for the president of the Serbian Football Association Tomislav Karadzic.
Members of the 'Ultras Boys', the most violent supporters of the Belgrade team, don't normally travel to the national team's matches in such numbers and their conduct before the match and at the stadium can be explained by their desire to create trouble and problems for Mr Karadzic and the SFA. Indeed, their ringleader Ivan Bogdanov has said that they had nothing against Genoa and the Italian team, but that their wrath was directed against the SFA and the national team's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, whom he branded "a traitor" for defecting from Red Star to Partizan (two rival Belgrade clubs).
Of course, there are also those who believe that such violent behaviour is perpetrated by people bent on tarnishing Serbia's image in the world and preventing democratic change in the country. There are strong links between between violent football fan clubs and far-right organisations which, in turn, have ties with nationalist politicians and organised crime. The leaders of such groups have little difficulty in recruiting foot soldiers.
Serbia's football hooligans are mostly bitter young men who grew up in Slobodan Milosevic's Serbia, an isolated and destitute country plagued by a repressive regime, isolation, poverty and an uncertain future. After Milosevic was toppled in 2000, hopes were high and Serbia entered a period of democratization and transition. However, the changes carried out since then have been slow, the economic situation remains dire and a number of unresolved issues (relations with Kosovo, co-operation with the war crimes tribunal in The Hague) remain a significant obstacle on Serbia's road to membership in the EU.
Psychologist Miklos Biro from the University of Novi Sad says Serbian hooligans are no different from their counterparts in other parts of the world: "Al Qaeda recruits people like that in Pakistan, neo-Nazis do the same in western Europe. "We are dealing with disadvantaged young people whose numbers are growing because of rising unemployment and poverty. What sets Serbia apart is the ideological context in which extreme right wing groups flourish. The events of the 1990s certainly played an important role but the ineffectiveness of the Serbian authorities after October 2000 [when Milosevic was toppled] is also to blame."
It is estimated that there are 2,500-3,000 violent football fans ready to do their leaders' bidding. Their weapons of choice are baseball bats, pyrotechnics, knives and guns. Some people may still remember the horrific death of the Toulouse football fan, Brice Taton, who was brutally beaten to death in Belgrade in September 2009.
Judging by the statements of Serbian government officials in the aftermath of the events in Genoa, the violence there and in Belgrade during the Gay Pride parade on 10 October will be taken extremely seriously. The Constituional Court has already held a preparatory session paving the way for the banning of 14 extremist football fan clubs, some of them bearing ominous names like 'Ultra Boys', 'Alcatraz' and 'Head hunters'.
A number of hooligans have been arrested upon their return to Serbia and the authorities have promised to deal with them firmly (according to the existing laws, participants in violent public disorder offences can be sentenced to up to eight years in jail and their ringleaders up to 12 years). The Serbian government plans legislation which will allow authorities to try football hooliganism as organised crime. The new rules will allow courts to seize property from hooligan gang leaders, extend investigative detention to more than six months and introduce turncoat witnesses.
Those measures are currently possible only in special courts for organized crime figures. In the meantime, the Serbian police are still busy identifying the hooligans from video footage and the minister of the interior, Ivica Dacic, has said that many of those who have been identified have police records. The Serbian Football association held an emergency session on Friday.
The next big test for the Serbian authorities in their fight against hooliganism will be the forthcoming derby between Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan, due to be played on 23 October. It is still not certain that the match will take place, but officials at Red Star's stadium have already started removing seats from the stands usually occupied by the most fervent Red Star fans to prevent them being used as missiles in a showdown with rival fans.
Genuine football fans in Serbia are wondering what fate awaits the national team. Uefa will decide what punishment it will hand out on 28 October. Many Serbs are resigned to the game being registered as a 0-3 loss to Italy, the more pessimistic ones fear a disqualification from Euro 2012. However Serbia are set to ask Uefa for the game to be replayed so the outcome remains uncertain.
Six people arrested in San Francisco riots following Giants' World Series victory
November 2, 2010
At least six people were arrested after revelers celebrating the Giants' World Series victory rioted in the streets of San Francisco on Monday. Rioters stormed vehicles, set fires and shattered businesses' windows, including one at the Dugout Store at AT&T Park, said Lt. Lyn Tomioka, a San Francisco Police Department spokesperson. One officer required stitches after being injured and one police car was damaged, Tomioka said.
A video from San Francisco station ABC7 showed a large crowd setting fires and storming a vehicle, pulling its occupants out and brawling in the city's Mission District.
The official championship parade is taking place Wednesday at 11 a.m., beginning at Montgomery and Washington streets, heading southbound on Montgomery, continuing onto Market Street and ending at City Hall, Tomioka said.
Rioting even though your team won is always the best way!
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