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Police in North Africa were braced for further trouble on Wednesday night after Algeria secured a 1-0 win to advance to the World-cup finals next year at the expense of arch-rivals Egypt. The play-off in neutral Karthoom follows sparked by an earlier match between the two. Egypt won the final group qualifying game 2-0 against …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Try the NBA sometime

    Their fans just riot in the streets, loot & pillage and burn down buildings when THEIR team wins!

  2. fred slack 1
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    Same here

    Must be the DNA. We get the same in Los Angeles. Don't even need a soccer game.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    If a sport lacks real action

    Perhaps people are more inclined to carry on, riot......just a theory OK.

    Soccer: zzzZZzzz

    NBL: yawn-a-rama

    NFL: wake me up when it's over

    (However, Cricket sorta blows this theory out of the water)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Needs reclassification....

    If football continutes to attract this level of violence, it might have to be reclassified as a religion.

  5. Craig 28

    re:DNA

    The sharper eyed among you might notice another common denominator:

    Two opposing groups (primarily men it has to be said) with a lot of adrenaline and testosterone flowing around.

    To me it doesn't make a difference if it is high profile team sport or a street gang, they're both dangerous to bystanders. Only difference is there is supposedly a "legitimate point" to sport.

    Some people think that sport is an outlet for violent tendencies in humanity. In the participants maybe, but the spectators are just getting a rush of adrenaline and testosterone with nothing to do but watch. Of course they're going to start standing up, yelling, and in some cases throwing things or picking fights.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Heart

    Dingles @ B WS

    Heh, I remember hearing about Burnley being beaten 5-0 at Ewood Park: the fans then proceeded to go back to Burnley and trash their own town centre. Blackburn town centre, on the other hand, was virtually unharmed..

    It's DNA & Football - Together, they create a passionate mix that can boil over substantially (Columbia)

  7. Coltek

    So, it's all quite normal huh?

    Civilized.... And that's all.

  8. Ben Tasker Silver badge
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    @Craig 28

    You missed a very important extra ingredient. My icon should lend a clue as to what that might be

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