Does Claustrophobia Cause Hooliganism?

American sports journalists freely criticize the British and other European soccer fans for their hooliganism.

Consider the demographics:

The population of the United Kingdom is 58 million in an area (including Northern Ireland) about three-quarters of the size of California. There are about 80 professional soccer teams playing two matches per week in all kinds of tournaments all over the UK and the continent, and every little town and village has its own team playing in local leagues with its own fans. Compare that with 30 football teams in the NFL in this entire country.

Consider what it would be like in the UK if they had guns. You should not be so flippant.