Press release: 'Low impact' policing key to overcoming 'hooliganism', June 2006


Press release from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

With the World Cup close at hand, research funded by the Economic and Social Research council has found that the key to overcoming 'hooliganism' at major international football tournaments is 'low impact' policing. Led by Dr Clifford Stott and Dr Otto Adang of the University of Liverpool School of Psychology the research found that while preventing known troublemakers from travelling is important, the way to foster incident-free events is a 'low profile', friendly-but-firm police presence, and dealing with fans on the basis of their behaviour not their reputation.