Ultras in Denmark. The new football thugs?

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Abstract

It is no longer just the notorious ‘football hooligans’ who appear to behave in a problematic way in connection with football matches. Since the beginning of the 2000s, ultras have increasingly been playing the most acoustically and optically noticeable role in the Danish stadiums. This article looks in more detail at the moderate Danish ultras, who proactively work for a positive, intense fan culture that rejects discrimination and violence and try to promote better conditions for supporters, and the consequences of the criminalization of fan behaviour. The article concludes that there is a lack of knowledge of the specific sub-cultural backgrounds of the various supporters’ behaviour, but also of fan culture as a whole among the authorities and clubs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSoccer and Society
Volume21
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)50-60
ISSN1466-0970
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

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