Reporter Victoria Bull asked people in Hemel Hempstead town centre whether they are concerned about violence among football supporters, following the serious assault on Watford fan Nick Cruwys after his team’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Neil Miller, shopping in Hemel Hempstead: ‘I’m a rugger man, and I can’t understand why football fans have fights when rugby fans don’t. It’s always been like that and it’s getting worse.’
Carole Wright, Queensway: ‘There’s a certain group that go to matches to cause trouble. I used to go with my dad as a little girl, but now you can’t go and enjoy a match because you’re looking over your shoulder.’
Mikey Antonelli, Berkhamsted: ‘It’s better than it was before, but there are still underlying issues and it is hard to eliminate. Rivalry is what makes football interesting but for me, as soon as the game ends, it should be over.’
Charlotte Blanks, Nash Mills: ‘My family love football and are great with it, but lots of people do seem to be more aggressive. They’ve done a lot of campaigning to get rid of football gangs but it doesn’t seem to help much. Richard Dwight, Chaulden: ‘I think violence in football is very, very rare – I go to a lot of big games with 60,000 people and it’s brilliant. It’s blamed on football rather than the idiots that actually do it.’
Now you can’t go and enjoy a match because you’re looking over your shoulder.Carole Wright, Queensway