Soccer fans in Europe are passionate about the game and the team they support. Sometimes, that passion can result in some extreme reactions to both the opposition, their fans, and the authorities, resulting in violence and riots. This is not a common occurrence but happens often enough that it helps to be aware of how you can safely watch a game without getting involved. Here are some tips from Soccer Garage on how to stay safe during a soccer game in Europe:
Firstly, sit on the same side as the home team. When soccer fans riot, it is usually the fans of the visiting team protesting an injustice. The higher up the stadium you sit, the better.
Always wear neutral colors that match neither the home team nor the visiting team. Buy and carry your gear from a soccer backpacks clearance sale and be prepared to lose it if things get problematic.
Do not under any circumstances act antagonistic towards any fans and avoid throwing any objects. The police are always watching and tend to watch the troublemakers.
Avoid patronizing any of the bars near the stadium, which are usually where most of the clashes begin between home fans and visitors.
Leave the stadium as soon as the match ends or just before. Doing so allows you to avoid any potential post-game clashes and long queues to leave the area. In the same vein avoid any half-time antics and stay in the seat.
Lastly, pay attention to what is going on around you.