Reuters Soccer Blog

Belgrade derby was full of nice not nasty surprises

April 25, 2011

I attended my first Belgrade derby on Saturday and all the preconceptions I might have had were happily blown away in the brisk Serbian wind.

Serb violence shows soccer still struggling to stop flares

October 13, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/Italian police and stewards knew Tuesday’s Euro qualifier with Serbia could be a tense affair given the two countries’ problems with hooliganism and the high-profile nature of the match.

In Argentina, fans from the same team fight

July 9, 2009

The English hooligan problem was at its worst outside Britain, when fans went to international matches abroad. Violence in Argentine football, by contrast, has reached a point in recent years where it is rarely even a confrontation between the hardcore fans of rival teams.

Mind how you go, sir — a lesson with the South African police

June 15, 2009

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, World Cup organiser Danny Jordaan and just about everyone else involved in the 2010 finals have been playing down the risk of violence and crime in South Africa and in hundreds of reports over the last five years I have always been prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Should fans be criticised for booing their own team?

October 13, 2008

Fabio CapelloSupporters are in the firing line after incidents at this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers.

Do drastic punishments deter hooliganism?

September 22, 2008

Violence at the Red Star match

A Serbian soccer fan, tried for attempted murder after assaulting a plain-clothes police officer with a burning flare during a first division game last December, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Biometric tickets and retina scans — the future of football?

May 21, 2008

Russian servicemenSonia Oxley blogged here last week on whether we might see a repeat of the violence which marred the UEFA Cup final last week at the Champions League final in Moscow.