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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

EURO FOOTBALL - violence unplugged


The last few days have left us all wondering just how much should we tolerate in the name of "sport."After personally experiencing supporter violence, my own tolerance levels have dropped considerably.



The international press has been kept very busy recounting violent outbreaks between supporters of the Euro Football Cup. Marseille has been a hot-pot of mass violence. The big question now being just who is to blame for the outbreaks between Russian and English supporters. Looking from the outside in, they seem to be pretty much as bad as each other. The British press has definitely pounced on the Russians as being "organised" in their " attacks" against English supporters, the BBC referring to them as " trained hooligans." Trained or not, they are all hooligans in one form or other. 

Having lived in France for over 20 years I have often seen heated behaviour during football matches but I have honestly never experienced violence on this level. I'm trying to work out if it is on-field violence leading to off-field violence or whether football itself simply fuels a culture of violence. As an avid rugby fan ( obviously, am a kiwi!!) I have never quite understood why football, such a tender and tidy game compared to rugby, is so closely related to hooliganism. What I also fail to get is the pack-like behaviour of seemingly adult men leading to street violence and public fear.

Public fear is something we felt at close quarters this Saturday evening after the Welsh defeat of Slovakia. Bordeaux is a pretty quite place and in all the years I have lived here I have never been afraid when out at night. Last Saturday was a life changer for me. Home late after a dinner party, Harry, my wee York, needed a walk. Walking down the road, a normally very quiet part of the Chartrons, we came across a group of four Welsh supporters who were not only yelling their heads off but amusing themselves by throwing beer bottles at the facades of houses, front doors, down the road... A couple of them were even pushing over dustbins and jumping up and down on them until they imploded. 

One of them made eye contact with me and I smiled and said " hey guys can we keep the
noise down a bit, a lot of families living around here.." He said, " shut the fuck up you fucking slag, you slut!" My partner replied most unaggressively, also smiling, " come on no need to talk like that.." With that all four rushed at him - he was head butted, punched, kicked in the legs and had two french passerbys not come running to our help, causing the four "toughies" run off, it could have been a lot worse. 


My partner was now lying prone in a pool of blood and in total shock. His first comment was to complain that he could not see. The police were called and after telling me they'd had a really busy night put me through to the pompiers/emergency service and an ambulance was with us in less than five minutes. The rest of the night was spent in emergency. Must add that Harry the York had his first experience in an ambulance and the medical staff were so shocked at what had happended  to us that they admitted him into the cubicle where he jumped straight up onto the bed to work as a  "comfort dog."

We left the hospital - my partner with eight stitches to the forehead, a battered, bruised and swollen face not to mention a possible delayed concussion. But apart from the physical injuries the worst was the huge fear of actually going back out into the street heightened by the anger that our city has been invaded by scumbag bullies who feel they have some kind of right to carry on violently to both its property and citizens.

In the aftermath my children were the first of many to criticise me for approaching the attackers. I see their point clearly however my question is still what kind of world do we live in where it is wrong to approach a wrongdoer and ask them to subside. Are we to just sit back and put up with such bullies and let them do as they please...and doesn't that just hark back to Nazi Germany where people just watched on, to scared to react, when "brown shirts" smashed up property and people alike?

Another rather obvious question is when did I as a tax payer "vote/agree" that my tax money would fund this event and all the supporting infrastructures needed to secure my city? I understand that this brings business to our city but the actual cost (building fan zones, police, medical services, overtaxed public transport) must surely outweigh any possible benefit.When speaking to our local baker she replied she was already fed up - visiting football fans had used her toilets and defecated all over the walls.

A final comment to all the international press's criticism of the French police firing tear gas onto the fighting crowds in Marseille,the very same press which has also criticised France of " extreme police presence" during the matches. Right now I take my cap off to those police who are brave enough to face these neanderthal individuals. It's not until you actually experience the violence that you can truly appreciate what the police are having to deal with and,frankly, what we experienced was pretty tame compared with what has been happening in Marseille!

Enough words. I am nothing but utterly disgusted!

Sorry, no recipes, no appetite!


PS I would like to add that this is in no way criticising the Welsh. They could have been supporters from any country. The fact that they were Welsh was nothing but a coincidence.
This post is a reaction to my horror of football fuelled violence and is in no way attacking any particular country's supporters.

9 comments:

  1. Feel for you both. A terrible experience

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  2. I am also a british living in bordeaux. I havé not experienced any violence towards me but I have seen the groups of fans about and after seeing the things that has been happening in marseille, I'm scared to be in Bordeaux so, I go to work in the morning and as soon as I Finnish I'm back home, also in the morning. I am upset at the way the football fans are. Sorry to hear your news too I hope you it's all over n a speedy recovery for your partner

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    1. David thanks so much for your comment. Today was also pretty overwhelming when the trams broke down at about 4PM. Watching over Place Doumer with 3 trams backed up on "halt" the doors opened and hundreds of really excited fans spewed into the streets; I watched as mothers with kids were totally ignored, bumped into etc.

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  3. Disgusting behaviour. Seriously disappointing. Agree that if we do nothing evil triumphs.

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  4. Brilliant post, beautifully written. So appreciate hearing that you stood up to these brutes. What a terrible experience. trust your partner is on the mend.

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  5. Paula Lamoureux14 June 2016 at 22:11

    Hear, hear ! And thank you for having the courage to relate this horrific experience and criticize the "powers that be" that put this "sporting event" into our town. As much as I am happy for and supportive of the local commerçants benefitting from the Euro 2016, the entire spectacle disgusts me.

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  6. Paula, thank you for your comments. Indeed the whole speactacle is rather disgust making. I am also the first to want Bordeaux to aspire and benefit commercialy but I am not convinced this is the best way...all in all a rather negative experience for Bordeaux and other citiesin france especially compared to 1998, the golden year for French football, when things were on such a different level.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this experience.

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  8. This sounds terrible, but you shouldn't describe them as Neanderthals. They are poor examples of Homo Sapiens.

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