I grew up in the UK and used to fall for the “chicken little” type of reporting which goes on in the UK. Some of it is justified–Band/Live Aid would never have existed if it wasn’t for the BBC–but a lot of it is just sensationalistic hype.
England players will be covered with insurance indemnity of up to £100,000 a week in the event of injuries suffered in the Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia on the artificial pitch here tomorrow.
Ok, so it’s the FA and not Fleet St this time. However, the amount of press coverage the pitch has been getting the last few months has been amusing…at least it has in my opinion…which is the only one that counts here. I’m surprised that none of these articles has mentioned the fact that Spice Balls (that would be the injured English guy in LA) has played 90 minutes on the same surface and came through in harmed….his injuries were sustained on traditional grass pitches. But I guess that would ruin the hysteria.
My personal opinion, I’ve witnessed hooliganism at US Mexico games. I’ve seen the video of the NY/DC game a couple years ago. Will it be organized? No…not by groups like LARS. They (and other supporters groups) work with their teams administration too much to even think about that type of thing…besides, supporting a team has nothing to do with beat downs. However, unless MLS and others running the pro leagues here get a clue, something bad will happen at the rate things are going. There will be some renegade individuals who could very well start stuff. That’s how it starts. But then again, I’ve a feeling with the way stadiums are constructed over here (vs. how stadiums were in England 30 years ago) it’ll be a lot more difficult to start stuff…if security have a clue how to react…but that’s a whole different rant.