True Brits shun English football hooliganism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 May, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the report by William Barnes headlined 'British thugs target World Cup back door' (South China Morning Post, May 21). The report says that so-called British soccer hooligans have travelled to Thailand and are encamped there, some with the intention of onward travel to Japan and South Korea for the World Cup to cause the now familiar havoc.

There are 10 references to the word British, Britons or Britain. Of the four countries within the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England), only England will be in the World Cup. Given the well-known soccer rivalry displayed by these four countries, I would find it extremely unusual if supporters from any of the other three non-participant teams had any intention of travelling to the World Cup to support England.

Despite this, nowhere in the article is there any reference to 'English' supporters going to the World Cup.

Speaking as a Scot and follower of my national team, aside from the fact that a Scottish supporter in Japan or South Korea would be rarer than a goal from that same sorry team, there is also the other strong countervailing argument that in the past two decades, Scottish supporters have enjoyed an exemplary behaviour record overseas and have won accolades from many of the local communities they have travelled to.


Sai Kung



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