Troublemakers were English

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am

While I totally agree with the sentiment expressed by Sandra Wyatt that the 'display of barbaric and totally unnecessary behaviour' was enough to make anyone feel ashamed (letter, South China Morning Post, April 8), regarding fans before the Galatasaray v Leeds match in Istanbul, I object to her categorisation.

She should not be ashamed to be British. She should, more accurately, be ashamed to be English. Leeds United are an English football club, as are the overwhelming majority of their supporters.

The culture of soccer hooliganism while not uniquely an English phenomenon, is evidently more prevalent there than in other countries in the British Isles.

The English hooligans' behaviour in numerous European competitions, World Cups et al, is a testament to that.

Scottish, Irish and Welsh fans have nothing to be ashamed of.

I. F. McNICOL Sheung Shui