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June 21, 2004

Hooligans

This Telegraph taxonomy of English football hooligans is worth reading if only for its excellent Mekon metaphor. And an excellent Singapore suggestion.

No other species so unfailingly lives up to its national reputation as the English soccer hooligan. The French do not always produce good cuisine, Italian grand opera occasionally disappoints, and Spanish bullfighters sometimes have the machismo of Norman Wisdom. But the English football thug is utterly reliable: drunken, witless, boorish, and if arrested, whinging - moreover, as anyone who has witnessed the real thing in Northern Ireland can testify, not even a particularly adept or plucky rioter.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 21, 2004 08:36 AM

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