Football Violence

When Americans talk about football they do not refer to the same sport as Brits; they mean their own set of rules that more closely resemble Rugby Football than Association football. That resemblance is still slight. There is one way in which American Football resembles the game of Association Football as played in England; as evidenced by events this last weekend in San Francisco. Violence erupted before a pre season “friendly” between the 49ers and The Raiders (ex of LA, now of Oakland).

The violence did differ from English Association Football hooliganism in one regard; fans are in hospital having been shot. There is talk of improved security measures at Candlestick; more police, more DUI (drink-driving) checkpoints – no mention of preventing guns from being brought to games – after all fans might wish to exercise their second amendment right and form militias in the parking lot after the game.

I would also note that San Francisco and Oakland play each other at baseball several times a year without violence – so rivalry between the transpontine cities can clearly be conducted in a friendly atmosphere.

Published in: on 25 August, 2011 at 17:00  Leave a Comment  

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