A bunch of EPL games recently seem to highlight how little control referees have over the English game. Pressure to win is high and the attitude appears to be, "so what if you break someone's leg/end their career so long as we win!" At the same time as the EPL's renowned 'tough football' looks in danger of turning into 'thug football', it appears that hooliganism is once again raising it's ugly head? So my question is; is what is happening on the pitch fuelling fan behaviour off it? I was at OT for the 'handbags' last year and believe me it wouldn't have been handbags if the police hadn't been there to protect us from an angry mob of fans after the game! If we'd got a kickin that day, you could make a strong case that the prime cause would've been the way that game was played and not the result? Thug football is nothing knew. Older fans will eulogise about the 'good old bad old days' and their favorite nutcase player! I remember those days, and the violence on the terraces was out of control. English clubs were banned from european competitions for 5 years after the Heysel Stadium Disaster. The ban probably had a lot more to do with being rid of British supporters in general, than because of that unfortunate incident? Football seems to be full of rancour at the moment and perhaps it's bad tempered nature is a reaction to how people are feeling in general? If aggression is the 'spirit de jour' in England right now then surely all the more reason for clubs to exert greater control, rather than offering fans "the Coliseum"? Perhaps a good place to start some healing would be our trip back OT for the Carling Cup? So how about Sir Red Nose, how about letting the football do the talking?