hoo·​li·​gan·​ism | \ˈhü-li-gə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of hooliganism 

: rowdy, violent, or destructive behavior

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Russian hooliganism, where rural brawls have recently received attention, was on full display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "Your guide to the 2018 World Cup," 11 June 2018 Like other right-wing Russian fan clubs who were steeped in the culture of English soccer hooliganism of the 1980s, TOYS mixed violence and Russian nationalism. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Gives Soccer Hooligans the Boot at World Cup," 4 July 2018 The pictures of marauding fans in the streets of Marseille in 2016 were, for some, a shock return to the dark days of football hooliganism in the 1980s. Sandy Thin, CNN, "Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow clash to test Anglo-Russian ties ahead of World Cup," 5 Apr. 2018 Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia 'love' their underdog status in Sunday's World Cup final," 12 July 2018 Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics. Washington Post, "Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final," 12 July 2018 Here’s one thing that might make both Russia and FIFA look bad, though: Russia’s notorious hooliganism. Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 There were fears of dangerous levels of hooliganism. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Russia Gave Itself a Facelift for the World Cup," 4 July 2018 The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw hooliganism in the English game soar when travelling abroad, leaving a lasting stain on the English standing. SI.com, "FanView: Why England Fan Trouble Is Not on the Rise Again Despite Latest Incidents," 27 Mar. 2018

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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