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Topic: Monitoring sports fans?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 19, 2018 02:00AM)
FIFA does it!

Apparently the world needs people to make sure that sports fans are politically correct.


https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44525523

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44405889

We Americans are so self-absorbed that we only talk about the players taking a knee during the national anthem. Meanwhile,

according the the second article:

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Every World Cup match will have three anti-discrimination observers in the stands, monitoring the behaviour of fans.
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I would love a world free of racism and homophobia, but policing the fans in a stadium?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 19, 2018 09:56AM)
Well, soccer fans do seem to take the phrase "fighting words" quite literally. Will misbehaving fans be given penalty cards?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 19, 2018 04:10PM)
No, but according to the article, the club/organization will be fined for what their fans do. Or chant. In the stadium.

Please don't misunderstand me: ugly chants from fans are...well...ugly. But why should a club be responsible for their fans' ugliness

I find it strange.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 19, 2018 04:40PM)
Why are teams penalized when their fans throw stuff on the field of play? It's a low cost way to attempt to control behavior. I don't think it will work for footie. The fanatical devotion and unrulyness make the Raiders fans look like Raiderettes.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 20, 2018 01:44PM)
When I posted I forgot a minor detail that might explain something: here in Germany, a sports club includes the fans. They pay dues, literally. Maybe that's the way it is in most of the world of soccer. Still, I don't think that the national team has a club that you can belong to. But maybe that's different in other countries.