I very much doubt anyone else on here is a season ticket holder at a Football League Club or above, below that the way the games are policed is unrecognisable, Leicester City for example have to pay the Police to be there, the police categorise the games and the bigger the "risk" the more they charge. Funny thing is the more arrests made, the more they charge for the same game the following year, baring in mind they don't just count arrests which lead to convictions of any kind which the VAST majority, by a huge margin, don't and I've seen people arrested for Telling their best mate, who they were laughing and joking with to F off in a non aggressive way, or someone that doesn't drink but had beer spilled on him arrested for arguing that he wasn't drunk but the police decided he was just because they could smell it.fleabane wrote:What makes you (erroniously) think you are the only person who regularly goes to football matches?
The point I have made several times is the Police are extremely proactive, bordering on downright aggressive in nature towards football fans when there really isn't any need to be, the people that want the fights are not going to games now as they are too likely to get arrested, so they (the police) need to change their approach to reflect this but won't because that would mean they have to bill Football Clubs less.
I've met several bar owners in town that would disagree, saying the behaviour of Tigers fans post match is far more disruptive to their clientèle then Football fans.Skin_and_Muscle wrote:Surely that serves to prove the point about the difference between football and rugby fans; there's little need to be wary of a group of rugby fans that have had a drink. The same, evidently, can't be said of football fans.Jimmy Skitz wrote: As an aside I suspect that a large amount of Rugby fans would be refused entry to the ground at a football game for turning up having already had a skinfull before hand
And I'll say it again if you confront someone in an aggressive way then you can't be too surprised if the react in the same way..
The point, I say again, is, English football has pretty much cleaned up, Fans clubs and society don't tolerate the :censored: any more, If the police acted in a more friendly manner instead of sending in the riot squad for no reason, there would be hardly any tension.
I myself remember leave Forest away the last year absolutely fuming with the way the game ended met by taunting by forest fans (at which we just laughed and told them to try again in English), mostly kids that watched too much Green Street and Football Factory, who were promptly told to shut up by their own fans walking happily to the train station talking to Forest fans on their way back to cars.
If there is going to be trouble at a Leicester game that is the perfect storm of events and nothing happened.
Only issue was some poor lad kept getting bumped into the toiled door button on train (it was standing room only) and Police piled in to arrest him for no reason what so ever, until his senior officer came over and told him to pack it in and let the lad go.