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  Football rioting is ruining the game
Updated 01 April 2003, 10.06

Saza loves playing and watching football but says that rioting is getting out of hand.

Here Saza suggests some ways to help stop the violence.

"I love football. Ever since England vs Argentina in the 2002 World Cup, I've been addicted to the beautiful game.

I play it and watch it at every available opportunity.

But there is one aspect at the sport that I just can't relate to - the rioting.

Waste of money

Now I can understand the fans wanting to defend their club's honour - they'd be mad not to!

But it doesn't mean that so many people have to be killed and hundreds injured because one team are sore losers.

Rioting costs thousands of pounds each year in repairs to property damaged in riot-related vandalism.

And rioting can even cost lives on both sides of the stand."

Some suggestions

Here's what I think are some possible solutions to eventually phase out the problem of football related violence and vandalism:

  • threaten disorderly behaviour with heavy fines and lifetime bans from the club and/or all international games

  • if a player is egging on the crowd (eg spitting, making rude gestures), then have him suspended (a red card straight off might make the matter worse)

  • hire more stewards and police officers to keep an eye on each match

Saza, 14, Rotherham

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