Policing Football Fans in Switzerland — A Case Study Involving Fans, Stadium Security Employees, and Police Officers

Brechbühl, Alain; Schumacher Dimech, Anne Marie; Seiler, Roland (2017). Policing Football Fans in Switzerland — A Case Study Involving Fans, Stadium Security Employees, and Police Officers. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 11, pp. 1-18. Oxford University Press 10.1093/police/pax086

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This article presents an analysis of the intergroup dynamics leading to violence between ultra football fans and stadium security employees and between these fans and police forces at a Swiss premier league football match. Twelve narrative interviews with these three stakeholders were conducted and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings further support the applicability of the Elaborated Social Identity Model (ESIM) of crowd behaviour. The fans’ perceptions of the out-group behaviour’s illegitimacy led to a vicious circle of negative group interactions. Specifically, behaviours perceived as provocative seemed to lead to violence escalation. However, the escalation dynamics could only be understood in the context of the power dynamics between the different groups involved. We recommend more proactive forms of crowd management to facilitate positive group interactions and to avoid ‘us against them’ attitudes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science II

UniBE Contributor:

Brechbühl, Alain and Seiler, Roland

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1752-4512

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alain Brechbühl

Date Deposited:

22 Nov 2017 11:20

Last Modified:

02 Nov 2019 20:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/police/pax086

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.107231

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107231

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