Behaving like there’s no consequences encouraged by… a lack of consequences

Telegraph football writer Paul Hayward can always be relied upon to pen a nauseating article, and he hasn’t let us down. He notes the awful behaviour of some England football fans abroad:

Dozens of fans stopped the cars of local residents trying to drive home to mock them; at least one supporter jumped on the roof of a moving vehicle before sliding off… After laying the ground in Dortmund and Amsterdam, where bikes were thrown in canals and mayhem enveloped the tourist areas

Okay, so we could either arrest the people responsible, or we could damage a whole bunch of players and fans for something they didn’t do. Hayward, of course, goes for the latter:

for England to stop playing abroad until a solution is found.

This is yet another curse of modern government. Fail to take any steps against the people doing something bad, and just curtail a more basic freedom of everyone else to try to stop it instead. Instead of locking up murderers for life, just ban guns and knives instead.

Hayward himself admits the real problem:

Foreign police forces are often reluctant to make mass arrests because of the bureaucratic burden it entails

I have great sympathy for the people in places that get smashed up by foreign hooligans, but I have much less sympathy for those places when it turns out that the cops just can’t bothered to arrest anyone because of the paperwork.

But would tougher policing work, you may ask? Er… it appears it would:

The sheer lack of consideration is well established as part of the English pathology. It was absent in Russia because this section of the travelling “support” were too scared of the Russian police to behave badly.

It seems Hayward’s article again provides the answer for us, without him realising it.

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2 thoughts on “Behaving like there’s no consequences encouraged by… a lack of consequences

  1. I was at Euro 04 in Portugal and the WC 06 in Germany in my late 20’s…the England fans largely policed themselves, especially when the older fans tried to relive their “glory days” and got shouted down.

    My mate was in Porto, and he said there are now a generation of younger fans who think they are the dogs bollocks for throwing bottles and chairs, but whine when the police do retaliate…

    And it is peurile and juvenile but I think the “No surrender…” & “Ten German bombers” songs are brainless fun, but less damaging than smashing up a town

  2. I don’t have any problem with them singing those songs. Hayward and journalists like him do, of course. They call them ‘far right’ songs (Hayward literally said that). That attitude undermines their case against the hooligans, because ordinary people will read these articles and think ‘Is it just some lefty journalists getting upset about boisterous behaviour’?

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