As the article linked to here remarks, sport is commonly thought of as a kind of “peaceful substitute for war.” Yet sometimes violence has a way of rearing its head, and certainly not just on the field of play.
“Over the years, there have been various occasions when sporting events have degenerated into violent battles for control and dominance between opposing fans, or between fans and police,” we’re reminded. “Stampedes and cases of supporters being crushed have also been all too common.”
Whether because of underlying political tensions or barefaced anarchy, football, baseball and ice hockey venues around the world have borne witness to some shocking and deadly events among spectators. Read about the 10 Worst Sports Riots Ever.