Hostile Environment: When Football Fans Were Treated Like ‘Slum People’

Today, as we approach another World Cup, the government is advising fans not to travel for their own safety rather than the opponents. As for the stadiums, we now look set to move into yet another era. The seats that signified the age of the fan as the customer—rather than the caged animal—will be ripped out as a result of mounting customer pressure. Whatever happens in Russia, the fact that supporters are confident that the next Grenfell-style disaster will not happen at a football ground is something we should all celebrate.

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