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Football Violence

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence is available to him of any correlation between the incidence of violence at football grounds and the presence at those grounds of representatives of extremist political organisations or parties; and if he will make a statement.

It is difficult to measure the effect which the presence of political extremists has on the level of crowd violence, but we do not rule out the possibility that this is a contributing factor. We hope that anyone with evidence that political extremists are inciting or organising violence, whether at football grounds or elsewhere, will draw it to the attention of the police.