Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
You will recall our discussions on this Blog about Football Hooliganism during the past year, and in particular when members of The Football Factory visited Ankara last year and were met by Oz Kanka. More recently, this subject was also discussed in Nathan's Fenerbahce Blog.
I don't think I need remind you that the subject of hooliganism is somewhat glorified in the Football Factory programmes when all the emphasis is about a gang warfare culture and totally neglects to mention the majority of footie fans like you and me who abhor this senseless behaviour.
So, it was heartening to read a report in The Weekly Telegraph by an Ingallish Pom, James Wilson, who now lives in Oz. He was giving his opinion about fans behaviour at an Australian Rules Football match when he went to see Western Bulldogs play at The Telstra Dome in Melbourne. He said.......
QUOTE....... the atmosphere at the ground is very different to football in England. Violence between fans is unheard of and attending a game is very much a family day out. We saw many families dining on picnics. I can also speak from experience in saying that a home-made picnic is a better option than the dubious tradition of munching on a meat pie with sauce during the game.
There is no segregation of opposing fans and the atmosphere is highly charged but friendly. Both sets of fans reserve their hostility instead for the game's hapless umpires, who are held in almost universal contempt. UNQUOTE.
As an ex-Class 1 referee I can confirm that hostility to referees is probably a world wide pastime !!
Perhaps the English (and Turkish !!) FAs should send a fact finding mission to Oz and try to find the answer to preventing hooliganism at footie matches ?!
Actually, I have watched Essendon Bombers a few times on TV a few years ago and can confirm that most of the `physical stuff` was on the field of play. Not a game for wimps me thinks !!!
Well done you Aussies. You are in the news for all the right reasons !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim