A day at the game (or just follow along for your safety)

As my son and I took our seats just before kick off at North London’s White Hart Lane, I looked down and noticed a small sign pasted on the back of every seat. It had a few words of warning, one of which instructed all fans to refrain from cursing.

After being denied the purchase of a lager just moments before because it was too close to kick off, I was impressed at the lengths English football has gone to in an effort to make the game more family friendly and safe for fans. I’ve read “Among the Thugs” detailing life with soccer hooligans. I’ve read about the horrifying Hillsborough disaster in 1989 that saw a human crush result in nearly 100 deaths. I know about the black eye English football has taken because of its former hooliganism culture. Could you imagine no beer sales at American baseball games? I think that would cause our own version of hooliganism.

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