Policing football in Scotland: the forgotten team

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    Abstract

    In this article, I suggest that the prevailing literature which has been generated by academics and official enquiry on football spectator culture and violence has neglected one of the main features of any UK football match: the police. I demonstrate through reference to my own work with Scottish police officers how a significant police culture exists in relation to football. A key aspect in this culture is that the police do not operate as one homogeneous unit, or ‘team’ in Erving Goffman’s (1959) terms, but as several smaller teams working largely independently of each other. This police culture needs to be investigated further in order to gain a complete understanding of football spectator culture and violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-104
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

    Keywords

    • Football
    • Goffman
    • police
    • Scotland
    • supporters

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