Wouldn't it be possible for FIFA or the FA to dock the football club points if their fans were found guilty of misbehaving? I used to work with a self confessed football hooligan . He was first and foremost a dedicated fan of his club ,West Ham , who used to follow them around everywhere - that was back in the seventies. The papers used to say at the time that football hooligans were only interested in violence and were not real fans and that the real fans should stand up to them .As somebody who was never that much bothered by the game I sort of agreed with that. But my co-worker convinced me that that wasn't the case.He regularly used to come to work on a Monday morning (if he wasn't appearing in court )covered in bruises and black eyes of which he seemed proud , and he always insisted that the hooligans were the most loyal fans in all football clubs and that what the papers said about them was a load of tosh .
I really think that the only thing that would have made him moderate his behaviour would have been the thought of seeing West Ham drop a couple of places in the league table.