spiked plus reader Q&A: November 2012
Should there be any speech restrictions at football grounds? Or should football fans be allowed to chant anything they like, even if it’s offensive and obscene? What about racist insults or sectarian songs - should they be allowed too? Why have football stadiums become so controlled in recent years? What drives the authorities’ desire to clamp down on the speech and behaviour of fans, at a time when football hooliganism is in decline? Should we just accept that football is a place where, for 90 minutes a week, you can do or say what you like, or should we expect the same levels of decorum and decency in a football stadium as we would reasonably expect when walking down the street or going shopping?