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On the terraces at most dangerous derby in Ukraine

Ukraine’s “ultras” are among the world’s most notorious football hooligans. As their country slides towards civil war, men who once engaged in bloody battles on the terraces are joining forces to fight the pro-Russian separatis. Marc Bennetts joins the fans of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev for the final match of a season like no other. I’m walking along a …

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A smoke bomb at Filbert Street in October 1981

Smoke flares on the pitch at Filbert Street in October 1981 during Leicester City’s home game with Chelsea. The match ended 1-1, but was marred by what the Mercury called “the worst outbreak of soccer violence in Leicester for months.” A total of 45 people were arrested before, during and after the game, with coins thrown and scuffles breaking out …

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Arsenal Herd and Gooners… then and now!

Arsenal has two separate Football hooligan firms, one named as ‘The Gooners’, this being a mutation of the club’s nickname, The Gunners and ‘The Herd’. The Gooners were known as a violent football hooligan firm, who were mainly active within the 1980s. However nowadays the name is mainly used by the majority of Arsenal supporters (the non-hooligan sector) who consider …

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