Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Soccer: England and Russia.

Sky News had a news flash on the Moscow Police preparing for spectator violence at a Russian/English soccer game in the near future.
The first thing that came to mind was the similarities between the formation and "weapons" of the riot squad and a unit in the BC Roman army. This will make Julius Caesar proud. Helmets, shields, formation, body armour and batons in place of swords, same difference.
The second thing, somebody is going to bleed. As in serious pain. It would appear as though local Russian "gangs" have teemed up to vent their lust for violence and property destruction against the English supporters, in particular, and the world in general. The proverbial writing is on the wall.( Where did that expression come from?)
I have had more than a passing experience regarding riot control. And this is what this situation will develop into. A full scale riot. All the ingredients are there.
Most "peaceful demonstrations" also end up as a riot of some sort, usually due to criminal/political interference that bears no relationship to the original "cause".
The Russian Police will bear the brunt of the criticism after all is said and done, that is the way of "things".


Lockworld said...
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Lockworld said...

Graham -

Just FYI, the expression, "the writing's on the wall," comes from the Bible...Daniel Chapter 5, to be exact.

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Keep up the good work...I enjoy your writing.

(Sorry, I noticed a typo in my previous comment, so I deleted it in favor of this one.)

Johnny Ong said...

i wonder how many england fans would still be making that trip to moscow despite knowing that the riot troops in moscow were ready for some troubles

Graham said...

Thanks Lockworld. I knew it had a biblical context, not sure of the details. I looked it up.
I happened to watch Russia Today on RTV early this morning and they too had a news item on the game. Exactly the opposite to SKY. Had a fleeting reference to the riot squad, but maintained all were in a jovial mood and that there was a carnival atmosphere. No problems expected. The game is today sometime, I hope all will be well.
Thanks for your comments