at least when it's played outside England they can limit the hooligan element by barring them entry to the country. If it were held in England, you'd probably have street riots.
Yes of course it would be completly impossible to stage the tournament in England....
The strength of this myth is simply incredible but I guess it shows the power of the media.
I will just do a Q&A based on this example of an italian serie A stadium.
www.stadionwelt.de/stadionwelt_stadien/ ... i2&id=1599
Q: why is there a 2 meter-tall hard plexi-glass wall in front of this stand?
A: well, if it was just a fence some might climb it.
Q: Why are there two rows of barbed wire on top of this wall?
A: to stop masses of people helping eachother get over the wall.
Q: why is there on the inside of this wall a huge 10 meter fence?
A: to stop various missiles from raining down on the keeper
Q: ok is all this enough to keep the peace?
Q: what do you mean?
A: this week a match was again halted for hours?
A: lots of flares were thrown, pitch covered in thick smoke
Q: didnt anyone try to stop it?
A: It was made difficult as the fans bombarded everyone with bottles.
Q: Was this the first time Roma fans halted a match this season?
A: no, second time in just a few months, last time they got the referee.
Q: how often does it happen in England?
A: I dont think it has happened at all in more than 15 years
Q: Really!! how many walls, fencing and barbed wire do they use then?
Q: what?? could a serie A match be staged in an english stadium?
A: I guess, but I wouldnt be there, as would no sane person
Q: but is this not a disaster for the image italian football?
Q: why not??
A: it isnt really reported anywhere. Its barely news in Italy.
Q: would a similar incident be news in England
A: are you kidding?
A: Of course there would be an outrage. the whole sport would be in crisis. long investigations would reach parliament ending witn new meassures to adress match security would follow.
Q: and all reported intensely in the worldwide media.
Q: ok, I see, I am starting to understand. Its an english problem
A: exactly, read the papers
Q: but do people really believe that?
A: many do, incredibly enough.
Q: but just looking at the stadiums will that not tell a different story
A: you would think so
Q: did anything else happen in Italy this week
A: yes a player gave fans the nazi-salute
Q: really, why?
A: natural as the club is known to have a large fascist following.
Q: but is it just Italy?
A: no, lots of racist abuse at black english players in spain recently.
Q: was it that bad?
A: yes, came across clearly on tv, causing outrage in England.
Q: and in spain?
A: wasnt mentioned in the papers the day after the match
Q: but later?
A: yes the english outrage from football to politicians made it an issue
Q: and lessons were learned?
A: well perhaps
Q: but has there not since been lots of obvious racism at several of Real Madrids games?
Q: but had lessons not been learned?
A: yes, dont play the english.
Q: come on, surely this happens in England as well.
A: yes following the spain game scandal two people shouted racist abuse at a Blackburn game.
Q: what happened?
A: they were arrested, you know that, it was in the world media. it made it as far as Australia.
Q: but what about the massive openly fascist/racist following at some of europe´s most famous clubs
A: what about it
Q: well is that reported?
A: no, its not news, I give up, I thought you understood this.