SOCCER FANS: Out of Control In Europe


When a one-euro coin hurtled down from the stands in Rome's Stadio Olimpico in September and bloodied the forehead of a referee, some fans saw it as little more than bad luck. It cost their team, AS Roma, a penalty of playing two home games before an empty stadium. "Think of all the stuff that gets thrown on the field," a fan later griped, "and only ours hits the target."

Americans taken aback by events like the NBA brawl can find some solace in the fact that they have been spared the violence that routinely accompanies soccer games in Europe, where...

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