Legalise hooliganism?

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Legalise hooliganism?

Post by daib0 » 06 Apr 2017, 13:04

Couldn't dream it up in the UK, but might be normal elsewhere ...

BBC Sport

Russian politician Igor Lebedev proposes legalising football hooliganism

A Russian politician has proposed legalising football hooliganism and turning it into a sport. Igor Lebedev has drawn up rules for "draka" - the Russian word for fight - which he said would involve 20 unarmed competitors on each side in an organised brawl.

Groups of Russia fans were deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016. Russia will host the next World Cup in summer 2018.

Lebedev, who represents the opposition Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, is also on the board of the Russian Football Union. He published the proposal on his party's website, stating: "Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. Fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer - challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.''

Following clashes between his country's fans and England supporters at Euro 2016, Lebedev said he "did not see anything terrible about fans fighting".


Most 'normal' hooligans would get utterly humiliated by fighters who bother to train and actually know what they're doing. If it really went ahead, then the first couple of seasons would be ultra dangerous, sure fire deaths included, before perhaps it organically evolved into a pro-athlete sport. But I doubt that it would ever get off the ground. - a specialist and friendly Reading forum
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Re: Legalise hooliganism?

Post by stuie » 06 Apr 2017, 17:42

will they drugs/alcohol test the competitors
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Re: Legalise hooliganism?

Post by DaveLister » 08 Apr 2017, 16:06

stuie wrote:will they drugs/alcohol test the competitors
That's a prerequisite to selection in Russia, isn't it?

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