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05-20-13, 10:20 PM #1
English police profile soccer matches and fans for risk of violenceJust as terrorist threat levels are set according to the authorities’ perception of the current risk, so each soccer match is awarded its own risk level, from A to C, with C being the highest.Variables are considered, including whether the teams are sworn enemies, as with Manchester City and Manchester United; whether fans have a history of bad temper or fighting at previous encounters; whether kickoff time is late in the day, meaning fans are more likely to be drunk; and how crucial the match is to the teams’ fortunes.“If the winner is going to get promoted or the loser’s going to get relegated, there’s something to play for and that might increase the level of disorder,” Holt said.The police tend to know which fans are likely to cause trouble — these are called risk supporters. The police know which pubs they congregate in, and even which buses and trains they are likely to take when traveling to away games. “If we want to go and confront the risk supporters, we can go and occupy their pub,” Holt said.The police can also issue so-called banning orders, which make it illegal for violent fans to go anywhere near their teams’ stadium on match days. Most banning orders last for five years; there are currently some 2,500 in effect in England.The orders have proved particularly effective when teams play abroad. Holt compared the levels of security used to keep violent fans from leaving the country to the layers of an onion, with each layer being more stringent. Some fans are required to turn in their passports; others have to report in person to their local police station during the match. In some cases, the police alert immigration authorities at major exit ports to look out for the miscreants “in case they try to use their brother’s passport,” he said.The police also sometimes bar busloads of away fans from stopping on the highway on the way to the match, to ensure that they drink less and all come as a supervised group. They can, and often do, require fans sitting in the away section — typically filling about 5 percent to 15 percent of the seats in a stadium — to wait until the rest of the stadium is cleared, postmatch, before leaving their seats.They can meet trainloads of supporters at the train and subway stations and escort them to the match. And in extreme situations, they can put the away fans in a “bubble,” meaning they are under guard from the moment they leave their hometowns to the moment they return. This happened recently in a match between Hull City and Huddersfield Town, where the only way for the away Hull fans to get tickets was to travel on special buses under tight supervision.
05-23-13, 12:14 PM #2
Sorry Jenna don't know why this is news.
We've profiled matches for many years, it's really only logical and is not some Machiavellian big brother issue.the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
( Baltasar Gracian )
05-23-13, 02:00 PM #3
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It's disgusting that people take a game so seriously they would act like savages. Unfortunately it can happen anywhere. Police should be cognizant of potential threats, and have operational plans in place, for any large event.
05-23-13, 02:20 PM #4A common mistake made when trying to come up with a totally foolproof design is to completely underestimate the innate ingenuity of fools.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you but it's still there on my list of options, so are you coming quietly.........?
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