June 13th, 2010

Add it to the bill

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So how many of you experienced the joys of the aftermath of the England Football match last night?

I don’t know about where you are but we were much busier than usual. I wonder how much it costs the country to deal with all the football-related problems we have every time the nation is gripped in the World cup.

I bet it’s nowhere near what it costs to police the Rugby World Cup, and we’ve got more chance of winning that.

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  1. PC A Hunn says:

    The cost for the entire tournament would be about the same as one cat.c footy match.

    I remember going to a Premiership Rugby Semi Final with a crowd of around 15-20k and saw 2 Neighbourhood Cops stood enjoying the match (there were stewards granted).

    The stands were not segragated and the beer was freely flowing. Not an ounce of crowd trouble, all the violence was on the pitch where it should be.

    The reason being is nothing to do with popularity or class traditions it is because Rugby is a thinking mans game, the Laws (not rules) are quite complex and it takes not just strength and fitness to play but also a certain degree of intelligence.

    The average knuckle dragging, tattooed, tribalistic, chanting moron has no chance of being able to understand what’s going on so they stay away. Long may it stay that way.

    June 14th, 2010 at 10:11

  2. Fat Lad says:

    PC A Hunn – Correct! I support Rugby League myself & have attended many games, including Derby games & Grand Finals, & have yet to see ANY crowd trouble at all. Supporters of both teams can & do, sit together, drink together & take the rip out of each other, and enjoy a bloody good game. Earlier this year I, as a Wigan supporter, sat with a bunch of Leeds Rhinos supporters at Elland Rd to support my Aussie team – Melbourne Storm – as they trounced the Rhinos! Good banter all round, & all friendly stuff! You’re right – keep the knuckle draggers watching the round ball game.

    June 14th, 2010 at 16:20

  3. Fee says:

    I live quite near Murrayfield (we can hear them singing the national anthems) and have never had an ounce of trouble with the rugby supporters. The Oasis gig was another matter, mind …

    When I worked in a pub, the rugby weekends were great fun – rotten chat-up lines, but always left the tip-jar overflowing. No matter what the result, there was never any aggro. Can’t say the same about the football fans. I know it isn’t all of them (I married one!) but it’s far too many of them.

    June 14th, 2010 at 17:41

  4. the man who fell back to bed says:

    couldnt agree more – I used to run the bar in a hotel **very** close to a major football ground in the North-West. match days = endless aggro, moronic fans and as well as a massive police presence outside, we also had to have officers *inside* the building in case things got ugly (in addition to civilan door staff.) whenever rugby or cricket was on locally, **no** trouble whatsoever, and nothing like the amount of police needed.

    June 14th, 2010 at 19:51

  5. tim says:

    What about the cricket – “Oi, you spilled my pint, well bowled, fancy another”

    June 14th, 2010 at 22:21

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