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 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, "English soccer's push to fight racism is reminder of how long it has plagued the game," 17 June 2020 But Buford’s accounting of 1980s soccer hooliganism is a most gripping sociological tale. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Reading while social distancing? Here are 50 sports books worth checking out," 22 Mar. 2020 This was the late 1970s and early 1980s, and hooliganism was a contagion. Toby Harnden, Washington Examiner, "The game has changed, but soccer unites decades and the world," 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, "Police commander not guilty in Hillsborough soccer disaster," 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, "A year after World Cup, Russia toasts big soccer crowds," 14 June 2019 In many other countries, including our opponent last night, the state has taken serious measures to get rid of hooliganism. San Diego Union-Tribune, "President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss," 15 Oct. 2019 But over the next 36 months, AuCoin pushes the Naum dossier into the hands of Ambassador Yuri Dubinin on a back stairway of the Soviet Embassy on Sixteenth Street Northwest in D.C. Naum is sent to prison for hooliganism. oregonlive, "The book on Les AuCoin: Steve Duin," 14 Sep. 2019 Unlike many of his predecessors in the White House, Trump appears to understand innately the hooliganism and brutality at the heart of the CCP. Chen Guangcheng, Twin Cities, "Chen Guangcheng: Trump has the right strategy on Beijing. As a Chinese dissident, I’d know.," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hooliganism

1898, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2020

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“Hooliganism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooliganism. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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