Norwegian police say they are worried about the growing violent trend similar to that of British football hooligans.
Last week, a group of 40 Oslo-based club Vålerenga supporters turned up looking for trouble with Lillestrøm Football Club’s.
The event was an away match between the eastern Norway team and Oslo’s Grorud Football Club. Police and security personnel managed to avert any fighting.
A similar situation involving others occurred at the weekend’s Ålesund-Rosenborg match. NRK journalists report they are aware of at least four further other episodes where police intervened before trouble started or things deteriorated.
They say some examples are Brann-Vålerenga, Start-Vålerenga, Lillestrøm-Viking, and Lillestrøm-Brann matches.
“20 to 30 supporters on each side clashing ranges from anything between bruises and death,” Officer Ola Moheim of Oslo District Police told the broadcaster in general terms.
Football hooliganism in the United Kingdom gave the sport an unwelcoming reputation during the 1970s and 1980s.
Violence was common among various football supporters who would go to rival pubs or neighbourhoods, causing riots and disruption.
Examples of current “casuals”, a subculture, are right extremists the English Defence League.
Casuals United, a far-right British protest group also formed by football hooligans, are said to have strong links with the EDL.
There have been several isolated incidents recently during one weekend in April 2013 alone, though not necessarily involving the above persons.
Millwall FC was in a rut when a small section of their supporters fought amongst each other during their FA Cup semi-final match against Wigan Athletic at the Wembley Stadium. A day later, Newcastle United clashed with Sunderland fans. Dozens were arrested.
At the same time, football hooliganism in Britain has generally been on a steady decrease. More people stayed at home or went to their local pub and watch the game rather than go out of their way to cause havoc in stadiums since Sky Sports TV started broadcasting in the early 1990s.
Football clubs have also taken out restraining orders against anyone who causes trouble, a notion working well in the UK.
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