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Hooligans a big city problem

Published måndag 17 juni 2013 kl 13.51
Police confront soccer hooligans, Photo: Scanpix

The average Swedish football hooligan has a criminal history, is a drug user and lives in a big city, according to a recent intelligence report from the National Police Bureau of Investigation.

A survey carried out of 2,000 football supporters who are known to the police, classified 600 of them as belonging to a risk group of supporters – hooligans - who systematically participate in violent manifestations or other criminal activity in connection with sporting events.

It was these 600 supporters who were studied closer by the police. The results show that nine out of ten have been convicted of a crime, and that the amount of drug-related convictions indicate a widespread pattern of drug abuse. Most of the so-called hooligans live in big cities.

According to the report, the southern Stockholm football club Hammarby has most supporters in the risk group, while the average risk group supporter of the northern Stockholm club AIK has been convicted more times.

"The report confirms that we are dealing with a big city problem," says Håkan Wall of the Police Bureau of Investigation.

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