China could detain swearing football fans


3rd, August 2007


Essential-Football-Swearword.jpg There is nothing quite like venting spleen at a football match. In fact, you could argue that watching your team for 90 minutes is enough to get 7 days worth of venom out of your body, leaving you cool and placid for the rest of the week. Well, do that in China and you could spend a night in the clink.
Worried that loutish behaviour will shame the nation during next year’s Beijing Olympics, police are threatening to detain fans who swear at a football match in the capital this weekend, as a way of stamping out the habit. Police will be positioned at each stand filming the crowd at Sunday’s Barcelona versus Beijing Guoan match, looking for evidence of swearing, fighting or throwing trash. “It is just way out of line to have 30,000 people shouting and swearing en masse,” police spokesman Liu Chunjiang was quoted as saying. “What we are trying to do is to give the right guidance in how to view a football match,

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  1. Kipp says:

    That’s outrageous, i mean honestly how will gordon brown let that……ohhhhh its china
    china where people get paid 20 quid a month, china where saying or thinking free tibet is a crime…
    yea the chinese can do what they like

  2. Steven says:

    Banning swearing at football is sacriligious, its like banning smoking in pubs, I hope both never happen…Oh wait, shit.

  3. chris adamson says:

    shock horror!! totalitarian state imposes free speech restrictions, whatever next?!

  4. China very much wants to show off its civilized side to the world. I doubt this rule/law would ever be enforced against foreigners. That does not make it any less ridiculous, but at this point I do not think foreigners have anything to worry about.

  5. Adam says:

    I’m down with trying to stamp out fighting and trash throwing.
    The language thing is obviously crap, but it strikes me as unenforceable anyway, unless everyone in the stadium drops an F-bomb at the same moment… which might be kinda cool actually.

  6. Matthew Burke says:

    I don’t want to go there
    it seems to be a very dull place
    They want stadium goers to be polite during a football game ?
    and what’s next ? no beer at half-time ?