What Lurks Behind Rabid Sports Fandom?

Hooliganism comes down to a fear of death

Nautilus
Nautilus
Apr 5, 2019 · 9 min read
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By Mary Pilon

The soccer match hadn’t even started when the cops showed up. On the streets of Marseille, France, the officers — helmeted, shields in hands, batons on belts — charged through a crowd to break up a thicket of English and Russian fans who were hurling bottles, threats, and insults at each…