This is what pupils at CP San Pablo, Madrid think about violence in football.
The game of football has been associated with violence since its beginnings in thirteen century England. However, what we now call football hoolliganism originated in England in the early 1960´s
Disorder related to the sport is not always of the same nature. It is often influeced by historical, social, political, or cultural reasons. In the case of England, we can say it is a social class problem. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it is a religious issue and in Spain it is a political problem relating to nationalism.
Unfortunately, today what is more worrying is that we are now witnessing this social disorder in football at a different level. It has come to light that violence is prevalent in juvenile matches. We have recently seen horrific scenes in Alavö, Mallorca and that peaceful Princedom of Andorra that nestles in the Pyrenees, not to mention Belfast, Northern Ireland. It seems that the idea of being a good sportsman or woman does not have any weight in today’s world of sport. Why, if the sport has come such a long way from being a mob sport and has been refined in many ways, are parents putting the clock back and reverting it to what it once was? Because the sad truth is, it is the parents who are creating havoc on the pitches!
I am going to finish this article with a plea to juvenile footballers who love the sport to repeat Neri’s words and say “No to violence and Yes to football.” Don’t let your parents destroy this wonderful sport and tell them to Keep the beautiful sport beautiful!