1. People fight at sporting events because they like to fight. Soccer is used as a vehicle because the spectators can justify the violence as the defence of their team, their town, or their reputation. The spectator role is then an extension of that of their team, namely to beat the opposition.
2. Hooliganism at sporting events is a game where everyone wins prizes, whether through sale of books and videos about it, sale of newspapers, or through overtime for the police thereby portrayed as defenders of respÃªctable society.