Amateur sport marred by aggression in Netherlands
One in four Dutch people involved in a sporting activity has experienced anti-social behaviour, says research.5 September 2008
THE NETHERLANDS -- Research by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau shows that one in four Dutch people involved in a sporting activity has experienced anti-social behaviour.
They have witnessed or been victims of threatening behaviour, physical violence, abusive language, harassment or discrimination. The researchers say the problem is worst in team sports, particularly football.
When choosing a sport, perceptions of aggression influence the choice of 50 percent of Dutch people.
The findings also reveal that most people decide to give up sports, citing moving house or lack of time as reasons over acts of aggression.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]