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UK: Dressage hooliganism on the rise

[Edition 24] LONDON, Thursday: More than 20 equestrian hooligans were arrested last night, after a violent riot at the All-England Showjumping trials in Oxfordshire, north of London.



Police described it as one of the worst outbreaks of equestrian violence this year. The incident has already sparked grave security fears for next month’s national dressage titles.

A British equestrian sports hooligan

[Edition 24] LONDON, Thursday: More than 20 equestrian hooligans were arrested last night, after a violent riot at the All-England Showjumping trials in Oxfordshire, north of London.

Police described it as one of the worst outbreaks of equestrian violence this year. The incident has already sparked grave security fears for next month’s national dressage titles.

“I really don’t think these people have any interest in horses, I think they just follow dressage for the boozing and violence,” said one dissapointed fan.

At least six people were seriously injured in last night’s riot, including Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who complained of a sore mouth, but admitted this may have been caused by a horse.

An Australian Government spokesperson, in England for the Federation celebrations, yesterday condemned the conduct of England’s sports fans. “Australian fans are thankfuly much better behaved,” he said. “Whenever our cricket or rugby league teams go on tour, it’s only the players who disgrace themselves.”

Meanwhile in Belgium, England took out the finals of the European Soccer Hooliganism Championships with a convincing win over Germany. The “bleeding Krauts” had trouble dealing with the English team which included star Coventry headkicker Neil Duffy and several strikers from the Liverpool supporters club.