The old enemy reappears as football fans clash with police


During the recent Euro 2016, images of charging riot police, bloodied faces, flying bottles and packs of fans descending like dogs on downed rivals were echoes of scenes in Charleroi in 2000 and Marseille in 1998, two years after the supposed watershed of 1996. The continuing spectre of the football hooligan continues to haunt the sport and its spectators. Will this forever be a blight on the sport? Is this problem seeing any hopeful changes? Are there disturbing aspects of this newest example that need immediate attention of the policing authorities?


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