INTRODUCTION: There have been more calls for tough measures to stamp out violence at football matches in Britain following a riot last Saturday (2 April) in the small provincial town of Norwich.
INTRODUCTION: There have been more calls for tough measures to stamp out violence at football matches in Britain following a riot last Saturday (2 April) in the small provincial town of Norwich. A football team playing away from home, Manchester United, lost to Norwich city and the already notoriously violent United fans took a dim view of the situation. Even the local policy, who were feared to expect trouble, were taken unawares at the ferocity of their reaction.
SYNOPSIS: Manchester United played against Norwich City's at the latters Carrow Road ground. Manchester United were beaten two goals to one. Seven thousand United fans who'd swarmed into Norwich for the match disagreed with the result -- and some of them vented their disgusted feelings in the strongest way possible.
One Manchester United supporter fell 30 foot from the roof of a stand and survived not only the fall, but also an angry mob of Norwich supporters. He was taken away by the police, who came in for a lot of abuse. All told 19 people were caught and arrested. Eyewitnesses maintained thousands more have been arrested.
Outside the Norwich ground, Manchester United fans were reported to have started fires in a timber yard nearby. Cars were overturned and windows of shops and houses damaged.
Police ordered Norwich supporters to stay inside the ground until Manchester United fans could be transported out of town. Thirty eight people were injured - three of who were detained in hospital, two of them policemen. The violence has been going on for several years and increasing, with, so far, no end in sight.