Vice Documentary - 'Why the Far Right Tries to Recruit Football Hooligans'

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Description

Episode of Vice World News' 'Decade of Hate' documentary series. 

Abstract:

'For decades, football and the far-right have interacted with each other in various ways across the globe. This interaction often involves a small subset of fans – ‘ultras’, ‘casuals’, ‘hooligans’, the definitions change depending on where you are in the world – who are seen as the most devoted, fanatical followers of their football clubs, often engaging in extreme violence with each other.

'But what is it about hooligans that makes them a target of far-right recruitment?

'This is how, from London to Belgrade to Jerusalem, right-wing movements and political parties have attempted to co-opt the testosterone-charged energy of the football terraces, and turn it into a ready-made weapon to silence opponents. But also how rival hooligan firms can put aside their differences, just as they do for international games, and form their own far-right movements.'

Period27 Aug 2021

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Media contributions

  • TitleWhy the Far Right Tries to Recruit Football Hooligans
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletVice World Newss
    Media typeTelevision
    Duration/Length/Size09 minutes, 23 seconds
    CountryUnited States
    Date27/08/21
    DescriptionEpisode of Vice World News' 'Decade of Hate' documentary series.

    Abstract:
    'For decades, football and the far-right have interacted with each other in various ways across the globe. This interaction often involves a small subset of fans – ‘ultras’, ‘casuals’, ‘hooligans’, the definitions change depending on where you are in the world – who are seen as the most devoted, fanatical followers of their football clubs, often engaging in extreme violence with each other.

    'But what is it about hooligans that makes them a target of far-right recruitment?

    'This is how, from London to Belgrade to Jerusalem, right-wing movements and political parties have attempted to co-opt the testosterone-charged energy of the football terraces, and turn it into a ready-made weapon to silence opponents. But also how rival hooligan firms can put aside their differences, just as they do for international games, and form their own far-right movements.'
    Producer/AuthorVice World News
    PersonsRichard Mills