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Obviously there are still hooligans in England (as anyone who watches Eastenders will tell you :D ) but we have put a lot of effort into controlling the problem because of the horrendous scenes broadcast around the World mainly in the 80's.

In England there is rarely trouble at football matches these days but there are still problems when we travel abroad.

There are 2 reasons for this.

1) Some English people tend to get incredibly drunk when abroad, which inevitably leads to trouble. They are not hooligans as such - they are just pissed up idiots.

2) When there is a hooligan problem other countries do not have the experience or the measures in place to deal with it. They either do not react quickly enough to a small fight that escalates or they wade in with batons instead of trying to calm the situation.

Unfortunately, it will be some time before we lose this wrongful tag as a nation full of hooligans.
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