hoo·​li·​gan·​ism | \ ˈhü-li-gə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce hooliganism (audio) \

Definition of hooliganism

: rowdy, violent, or destructive behavior

Examples of hooliganism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was a time when England and Scotland played at least once annually in an unbroken run from 1947 to 1989 — when the rancor was bitter and the hooliganism was rampant. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 The reputation of English soccer fans often precedes them — boisterous, vocal and at times responsible for hooliganism abroad. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Vulture was very excited to speak to them about the verse that shook the internet, feminizing the masculine qualities of football hooliganism culture, their best (and worst) moments on Drag Race U.K., and, yes, Pamela Anderson. Wolfgang Ruth, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 But while hooliganism within English soccer has been confined to the fringes in recent decades, abuse aimed at Black players — both in stadiums and on social media — remains a problem to this day. Luke Denne, NBC News, 17 June 2020 But Buford’s accounting of 1980s soccer hooliganism is a most gripping sociological tale. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2020 This was the late 1970s and early 1980s, and hooliganism was a contagion. Toby Harnden, Washington Examiner, 9 Jan. 2020 In the weeks after the deadly crush, South Yorkshire Police officials blamed Liverpool fans, falsely citing drunkenness, hooliganism, and late arrivals. Richard Pérez-peña, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2019 Similar systems in countries like Italy, which introduced an ID system for away fans in league games in 2009 to combat hooliganism, have been blamed for driving away spectators. Washington Post, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of hooliganism

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Hooliganism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooliganism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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