Devine: Hooligan perception of football fans “exaggerated”

By LEWIS KEMP

LEADING Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine believes that the popular perception of football fans as ‘thugs’ and ‘hooligans’ is exaggerated.

Media outlets have been quick to condemn the Celtic fans who caused trouble at their Champions League match against Manchester City this past Tuesday.

Despite this Superintendent Craig Thompson said the game passed “largely without incident”.

“There’s always been this problem because it’s a class problem,” said Devine.

“It’s always been the game of the working classes and its been quite easy given some of the behaviour that’s occurred over the last 100 odd years, for the middle classes, professional classes and upper classes to sneer and condemn some aspects of that.

“It says a lot that alcohol is banned in football but not in rugby for instance.”

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