Danish Ultras: Risk or Non-Risk?

Jonas Havelund, Lise Joern, Kristian Rasmussen

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Abstract

It is well documented that knowledge of supporter culture is crucial when assessing the risk of disorder at football matches and thereby ensuring a balanced approach by police and stewards (Stott & Pearson 2007). Both within Denmark and internationally, there is a weak understanding of risk supporters, often resulting in inappropriate assessments on the part of the police. This has led to conflicts that presumably could have been avoided had the police possessed a deeper awareness of supporter culture (Stott & Pearson 2007; Rasmussen, Havelund & Tranegaard Andersen 2009). This article is the result of a qualitative study of the self-declared nonviolent segment of the Danish risk supporters, i.e. the ultra culture. The study’s empirical data stems from qualitative interviews and participant observation primarily focusing at matches involving Brøndby IF, the club supported by the interviewees. The article aims to create knowledge concerning ultra supporter culture with the purpose of gaining the information necessary for building differentiated and balanced action on the part of the police and security services.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport and EU Review
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
ISSN2040-5847
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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