I considered a new thread and decided to tack onto this one since I think it addresses sportsmanship.
"Police feared for their safety when they turned up to a disturbance at a sporting field on Groote Eylandt to discover it had escalated to a full-scale brawl. The brawl, involving several hundred people, some of them armed with axes and spears, broke out about 5pm (CST) on Sunday at the Angurugu sports oval during a match."http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/928 ... -afl-brawl
If this were an isolated event I wouldn't have bothered posting. I went to watch a friend's son playing soccer on the professional field--he's a kid--and the stands were separated from the field by a ten-foot deep, eight-foot wide moat.
I tried to keep in mind it was a kids' game as people in the stands screamed obscenities. A man near me saw me looking at him and said, "What's your problem?" "No, problem, just watching you set an example for your children." They moved away from me.
The fans are part of sports, I think.