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Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

The word, 'ultra' only became part of my vocabulary a couple of years ago. I mean, before that I used to use the word, 'hooligans'. Can someone please tell me the difference?

Before I put some 'meat on the bones', I have gone and done some research regarding the phrase, 'football ultras'. I guess my reasoning behind the idea, if nothing else is to satisfy my curiosity.

Football ultras

'The behavioural tendency of ultras groups includes the use of flares, vocal support in large groups and the displaying of banners at football stadiums, all of which are designed to create an atmosphere which encourages their own team and intimidates opposing players and supporters.'

We Brits have chanted songs and phrases, some of it family friendly, some of it NOT, on the terraces since advent of football. But to use flares, which is illegal to use within football stadia in the UK is beyond me. They are dangerous and not 'fit for purpose' Flares, in my opinion should be used for emergency purposes only. Or, the word flare should be used to describe trousers which have added material at the foot of the leg (thinking the 1970's fashion).

Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

The author of the following YouTube video takes a look at what it means to be an ultra, and why they are so important for football.

If you have watched the above then I'm still confident in what I said earlier. The meaning of 'ultra' is just another word for 'hooligans'. And so the above headline, in my opinion is not fit for purpose.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday May 2 2017
Time: 10:10AM

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