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Football hooliganism

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hen did we start to use actually has a long history. In England, help people feel safe. Hooligans no
the word ‘hooligan’ there has been a link between football longer have the opportunity to fight,
for violent sports and violence since they first played it so more fans can enjoy matches safely.
supporters? We don’t there over 700 years ago. Back then,
know when people used it first, but the game had hundreds of players, Many other countries have serious
it was in an 1898 police report, so so it was the perfect opportunity hooligan problems. Eastern Europe,
we know it was used before then. for people to hit each other and get Africa and South America have the
Some people think that it comes away with it. worst problems. In Brazil in 2000,
from the name of an Irishman called they had to replay one game after
Patrick Hooligan, who often got into Modern day football hooliganism supporters took the game too
trouble with the police. Others say began in England in the early 1950s seriously and a fight injured more
it comes from a London street game but, by the 1970s, it was a serious than 60 people.
called Hooley. Wherever it comes problem. People often call football
from, when anyone says the word, we hooliganism ‘the English disease’, but But even though the situation can
think of sports fans and violence. the problem in England is now sometimes get out of control,
reasonably under control. Today, many football is still the most popular and
We often think of hooliganism as part hooligans are behind bars, and most watched game in the world.
of life in the modern world, but it cameras and police officers at matches

A Choose the correct answer. B Match the phrases in bold in the article with the
definitions below.
1 When was the word ‘hooligan’ first used?
a in 1898 6 avoid punishment
b before 1898
7 become dangerous
2 According to the text, hooliganism in sport is actually . . .
a a very old problem. 8 got arrested by
b a modern day problem.
9 in prison
3 What opportunity did a football match in the past give
its players? 10 got angry
a to be violent
b to kill someone

4 What is true about English football matches today?


a They are very violent.
b They are much safer.

5 The writer says that Brazil has . . .


a the biggest problem with hooligans.
b a serious problem with hooligans.

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