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8th Dec '16 9:32:06 AM LondonKdS
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* The third volume of ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...

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* The third volume of ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game... The league are terrified by this, as they tolerate aggressive chanting but know that any hint of real European- or Latin American-style violent hooliganism will probably destroy the sport again for a generation.
3rd Dec '16 7:50:52 PM WillBGood
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* The popular table football game ''TabletopGame/{{Subbuteo}}'' incorporated a lot of clever marketing gimmicks which meant if you had enough time and money, you could buy from a formidable catalgue of extras that meant your tabletop footballers could eventually turn out in their own stadium, complete with stands, working footlights, scoreboards, advertising hoardings, TV crews, St John's ambulancemen, cigar-smoking manager and subs in the dugout, policemen, stewards, programme salesmen, pie stall.... some fans of the game turned their Subbuteo playing areas into an art-form not unlike model railway layouts. Whilst the official Subbuteo vendor sold fans in packets of fifty to populate your model terraces, other enterprising and strictly unofficial vendors added topics the licenced dealers frowned on. In the form of Subbuteo soccer hooligans and streakers (male and female) that in an expanded rule set could be randomly deployed to disrupt matches... fully equipped riot policemen soon followed.

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* The popular table football game ''TabletopGame/{{Subbuteo}}'' incorporated a lot of clever marketing gimmicks which meant if you had enough time and money, you could buy from a formidable catalgue of extras that meant your tabletop footballers could eventually turn out in their own stadium, complete with stands, working footlights, scoreboards, advertising hoardings, TV crews, St John's ambulancemen, cigar-smoking manager and subs in the dugout, policemen, stewards, programme salesmen, pie stall.... some fans of the game turned their Subbuteo playing areas into an art-form not unlike model railway layouts. Whilst the official Subbuteo vendor sold fans in packets of fifty to populate your model terraces, other enterprising and strictly unofficial vendors added topics the licenced dealers frowned on. In the form of Subbuteo soccer hooligans and streakers [[http://www.subbuteoworld.co.uk/media/subbuteoworld/splash8.jpg streakers]] (male and female) female; photo is SFW) that in an expanded rule set could be randomly deployed to disrupt matches... fully equipped riot policemen soon followed.
2nd Dec '16 2:27:08 PM DRCEQ
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** In the episode "Marge Gamer," Lisa joins a soccer team (with Homer as a ref) and "flops" her way out of penalties and such. When called out on it, she watches a documentary about about flopping in a game that caused a riot. The riot lasted for ''23 years''. It was enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary come to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."

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** In the episode "Marge Gamer," Lisa joins a soccer team (with Homer as a ref) and "flops" her way out of penalties and such. When called out on it, she watches a documentary about about flopping in a game that caused a riot. The riot lasted for ''23 years''. It In Brazil, a riot broke out that was so severe, it enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary come to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."
5th Nov '16 8:58:09 PM DRCEQ
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** More rioting soccer fans in the episode "Marge Gamer," where Lisa watches a documentary about them. It's enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary come to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."

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** More rioting soccer fans in In the episode "Marge Gamer," where Lisa joins a soccer team (with Homer as a ref) and "flops" her way out of penalties and such. When called out on it, she watches a documentary about them. It's about flopping in a game that caused a riot. The riot lasted for ''23 years''. It was enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary come to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."


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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' has Daggett and Norbert acting like various European stereotypes. Dagget acts like a hooligan, ranting on about how it doesn't matter how the game itself plays out, because there will always a fight afterward.
22nd Sep '16 10:54:52 PM BattleMaster
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* Mentioned in several ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' sourcebooks, mostly that rioting football crowds are a very convenient way for runners to cover up other crimes.
11th Sep '16 5:27:57 AM themisterfree
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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': Some strips had UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball as a theme. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-08-25 In this one]], Lanolin showed the área where the parking lot would be. She explained that's where that'd hold "the fight after the game". Her face held an expression she was looking forward to that moment.

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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': Some strips had UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball as a theme. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-08-25 [[https://garfield.com/usacres/1987/08/25 In this one]], Lanolin showed the área where the parking lot would be. She explained that's where that'd hold "the fight after the game". Her face held an expression she was looking forward to that moment.
28th Aug '16 7:23:58 AM WillBGood
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* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] gets out of a sticky situation when a demon had fused four hooligans together to kill him, while retaining their personalities. Unfortunately for the demon's plans, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny two were for Chelsea, the other two for Arsenal]]. They start beating the crap out of themselves, allowing John to escape.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] gets out of a sticky situation when a demon had fused four hooligans together to kill him, while retaining their personalities. Unfortunately for the demon's plans, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny two were for Chelsea, the other two for Arsenal]]. They start beating the crap out of themselves, themselves (ultimately ripping themselves apart), allowing John to escape.
5th Aug '16 7:48:52 PM karstovich2
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** Basketball example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacers%E2%80%93Pistons_brawl the Pacers-Pistons brawl]], aka "The Malice at the Palace", which started as a fight between players before a UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Pistons fan threw a drink at Indiana Pacers player Ron Artest, causing the fight to spill into the stands. Artest and eight other players were suspended without pay for a total of 146 games, five of them were convicted of assault on top of it, and five fans received lifetime bans from Pistons home games.

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** Basketball example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacers%E2%80%93Pistons_brawl the Pacers-Pistons brawl]], aka "The Malice at the Palace", which started as a fight between players before a UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Pistons fan threw a drink at Indiana Pacers player Ron Artest, causing the fight to spill into the stands. Artest and eight other players were suspended without pay for a total of 146 games, five of them were convicted of assault on top of it, and five fans received lifetime bans from Pistons home games.[[note]]Artest later changed his name to "Metta World Peace." The irony of this change--especially given that besides the Malice, Artest/World Peace had previously been convicted of domestic violence--was lost on no one. That being said, he does seem to have mellowed out since then.[[/note]]
5th Aug '16 7:41:32 PM karstovich2
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However, football was also the ''perfect'' sport for television, with an easy-to-see ball, relatively predictable game length, built-in commercial breaks between downs, and a great deal of action and drama on plays. While baseball was the perfect sport for radio, with its slow pace offering lots of room for commentary, it had a lot of trouble readily adapting to the new medium of television (particularly with the drama and length issues); it wasn't until TheSeventies when sports broadcasters really figured out how to make baseball games on TV exciting. As a result, the football execs started to build new stadiums and try to attract a different audience--the middle-class suburban folks with [=TVs=]. Thompson was understandably dismayed.

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However, football was also the ''perfect'' sport for television, with an easy-to-see ball, relatively predictable game length, built-in commercial breaks between downs, and a great deal of action and drama on plays. While baseball was the perfect sport for radio, with its slow pace offering lots of room for commentary, it had a lot of trouble readily adapting to the new medium of television (particularly with the drama and length issues); it wasn't until TheSeventies when sports broadcasters really figured out how to make baseball games on TV exciting.exciting (by focusing heavily on player movement rather than anything else, e.g. the ball). As a result, the football execs started to build new stadiums and try to attract a different audience--the middle-class suburban folks with [=TVs=]. Thompson was understandably dismayed.
5th Aug '16 7:35:15 PM karstovich2
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* The UrExample to sports hooliganism in Europe may be the chariot races that took place in AncientRome and the later UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire. Racers back then would be divided into teams based on the uniform colors they wore and their fans and spectators would likewise align themselves into these different camps. Much like modern football clubs, the fanbases would often be identified not just by which racing team they rooted for but also by cultural and sociopolitical issues beyond just the sport and thus, riots breaking out during games were not uncommon whenever tensions ran high. The most infamous example of these was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] in Constantinople. A fight between the "Green" and "Blue" chariot teams' fans quickly escalated into city-wide riots that killed over 30,000 people, ''burned down the Hagia Sophia'', and nearly toppled the government of Emperor Justinian. Talk about BreadAndCircuses GoneHorriblyWrong.

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* The UrExample to sports hooliganism in Europe may be the chariot races that took place in AncientRome and the later UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire. Racers back then would be divided into teams based on the uniform colors they wore wore--Red, White, Blue, and Green--and their fans and spectators would likewise align themselves into these different camps. Much like modern football clubs, the fanbases would often be identified not just by which racing team they rooted for but also by cultural and sociopolitical issues beyond just the sport and thus, riots breaking out during games were not uncommon whenever tensions ran high. The most infamous example of these was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] in Constantinople. A fight between the fans of the "Green" and "Blue" chariot teams' fans teams (by then the only ones of significance, the "Reds" and "Whites" having small bases and aligned with the "Greens" and "Blues" respectively) quickly escalated into city-wide riots that killed over 30,000 people, ''burned down the Hagia Sophia'', and nearly toppled the government of Emperor Justinian. Talk about BreadAndCircuses GoneHorriblyWrong.
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