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Players in fear of hooligans

China's stars are playing in fear of their safety during domestic league games because of growing hooliganism among fans, it was revealed yesterday.

Friday, 4 January, 2008, 12:00am

New rules get tough on football hooligans

Football hooligans risk being detained for up to 10 days for disrupting a match under tough new rules introduced this month.

The Public Order Administration Punishment Law, which came into effect on March 1, specifies that anyone who disrupts public order at a sporting event may be detained for up to 10 days, fined 500 yuan and banned from league fixtures for a year.

21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing brushes up on hooligans

Beijing is studying how British police deal with football hooliganism as the city draws up plans to stop troublemakers attending events with methods including strict new laws and advanced face-recognition technology, domestic media reported yesterday.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1985

Thirty-eight football fans were killed and hundreds injured when they were trampled in riots before the European Champions Cup Final between England's Liverpool and Juventus of Italy in Brussels.

31 May 2005 - 12:00am

Hundreds of soccer fans riot in Shanghai after their team loses

Hundreds of Shanghai football fans rioted at the weekend, breaking the windows of an opposing team's bus and assaulting two players after home side Shenhua lost a first division match to Jianli Bao of Shenzhen, local media and officials said.

12 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

True Brits shun English football hooliganism

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.

28 May 2002 - 12:00am

'Teary pencils' to augment police World Cup arsenal

In a country that takes pride in its ability to miniaturise, it should come as no surprise that a 14cm, pencil-thin tear-gas canister will be issued to police officers to battle World Cup hooligans.

What does raise eyebrows is the leeway that has been granted to these officers in using the devices.

20 May 2002 - 12:00am

Rifles to control soccer hooligans

First they got portable high-pressure water guns, shields made of special plastic and the hi-tech 'Spiderman' gun which shoots a reinforced nylon net that can trap two or three people at a time. Then they brushed up their martial arts training, conducting drills with officers playing the role of unruly fans.

29 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Fans, yes, but not all British are soccer hooligans

I write regarding 'Rioting English fans arrested after loss' (South China Morning Post, September 7). The article correctly states the hooligans were indeed English. However, further on it refers to the hooligans as British.

14 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Stamp on hooligans

If one of the higher aims of the World Cup is to promote internationalism through football, that goal is clearly far from the minds of a small but violent band among the England 'fans'.

17 Jun 1998 - 12:00am


Two letters have been published in these columns (October 27 and 31), defending the behaviour of English soccer hooligans at the World Cup match last month in Rome, between Italy and England. Both letters put forward an English view of the events that took place and both correspondents put the English hooligans into a very reasonable and innocent light.

5 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Get tough with football yobs

I feel compelled to comment on the inability of the Hong Kong police to combat soccer hooliganism.

I sat near where the crowd trouble began at the Hong Kong v Thailand World Cup qualifier on March 30.

In front of at least 10 police officers and thousands of spectators, a Thai fan ran up to a Hong Kong fan and threw a water bottle at him.

12 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Soccer's quiet reverie toppled by violent fans

Just when football supporters in Europe thought it was safe to go back into the stands, violence flared across the continent.

'United fans in hospital after police open fire at stadium', 'One dead in Dutch supporters' battle' and 'Game delayed as rivals fans clash' blared the headlines over stories detailing trouble in Portugal, Holland and England.

31 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

England's own goal

Soccer hooliganism has given the English game a terrible reputation at home and abroad. But most of the time it is the fans who arouse fear and loathing on the international circuit. The footballers themselves are what the foreign crowds come to see.

30 May 1996 - 12:00am

A one-sided account

I AM writing in response to last week's news reports about ''English soccer hooligans in Holland''.

20 Oct 1993 - 12:00am