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No World Cup hooligans? Russia says told you so

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By Dmitry ZAKS

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Anti-Russia naysayers were wrong again.

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England needs to import these Russian thugs to control British hooligans at Premier league matches. These cowardly punk hooligans seem terrified of the Russians.

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Yes I agree very good not to see fans attacking each other. A positive. There have more positives than first expected. The citizens of Moscow and the other cities have been exposed to many different cultures and hopefully that will have a positive outcome how they view those other countries. I admit there have been more positives than negatives.

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Most of the Russian football hooligans are associated with extreme right wing movements and are great supporters of Putin. No doubt hey were told to put a break on their activities during the world cup to confound the 'Russia bashers' and it's being presented as the security services getting tough on Russian hooligans.

It's great that England fans were banned for singing an anti-semitic song. They're probably the only people in Russia, that famously anti-semitic country, to have ever been punished for doing such a thing.

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No doubt hey were told to put a break on their activities during the world cup to confound the 'Russia bashers' and it's being presented as the security services getting tough on Russian hooligans.

Nice. In that regard, maybe they first consulted the Easter Bunny along with Santa? Provide proof or bend towards absurdities.

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The BBC aired a two-part documentary about Russia prior to the world cup presented by comedian Frankie Boyle. A strange choice perhaps, although he did give a possible reason for why they chose him. (for non-UK readers, Frankie Boyle had been previously banned by the BBC for his "insensitive" remarks.) In it, he tried to track down football hooligans. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like heavy sarcasm in a Scottish accent...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmFaFmR3d8I

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Nan Ferra Today 10:21 am JST England needs to import these Russian thugs to control British hooligans at Premier league matches.

Really? Please let everyone know when the last major clash at an EPL match occurred between opposing supporters? The only incident of note last season, was West Ham fans invading their own pitch to protest against their own management. The heyday of hooliganism in England was in the 70's. Confrontations at matches have been pretty much eradicated have been for many, many years. You don't seem to know much about the subject, but issue a blanket statement.
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It's good that there has been no incidents - props on Russia for that

But let's not forget that it's a problem of their own making

As the article states:

The feared FSB security service locked up several hooligan leaders to signal they meant business after decades of doing little to counter football fights.

If they had just done what they're supposed to do years ago, then such hooligan talks wouldn't even be happening

If they could do all these countermeasures now, why didn't they do these years ago?

Now the frightening question is

Others were interrogated in night raids on their apartments and given two options: either vanish for the duration of the World Cup or face years in jail for the most minor offense.

So what happens after the duration of the World Cup?

Are they gonna go back to the bad old days?

If so, then such hooligan talks would never disappear - the World Cup is just applying a band-aid to a bullet wound; like nobody learned anything but put on a fake smile until the guests leave

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@JTO,

Violence doesn't just take places at matches. In the 2016-2017 season, British Transport Police logged 822 incidents of "anti-social behaviour" by football fans, presumably on trains or at stations.

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@albaleo,

I took issue the statement ''at Premier league matches.'', never football saying violence had been totally eradicated. I'm very well aware of the mentality in the UK, let alone England on a match day, or on any given night in any market town around the country. But on your subject of 822 incidents how many actually involved Premier League team supporters? There are 92 professional league clubs in England alone.....

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Anti-Russia naysayers were wrong again.

You seem to be ignoring the very close links between the Russian hooligans and the Kremlin in the penultimate sentence.

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@JTO, fair dos. I was thinking beyond the premier league, and not just England.

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