June 1, 1991
As a longtime soccer fan, I really take umbrage at Randy Harvey's comments (May 26) when he wrote: "Think about Main Street, USA. Think about hundreds, thousands, of English, Dutch, German or Italian hooligans shouting obscenities, smashing car and store windows, looting, fighting." I suggest that he rewrite this sentence as follows: "Think about Main Street, Westwood, USA. Think about hundreds of American hooligans shouting obscenities, smashing car and store windows, looting, fighting."
June 9, 1989
Police in Pisa, Italy, will tighten security for Sunday's championship game between Pisa and A.C. Milan in the wake of reports that Roma fans are planning to avenge the death of Antonio De Falchi, 19, a Roma follower who died of heart failure after an attack June 4 by hooligans outside Milan's stadium.
June 30, 1990
You do your readers a disservice by sending Mike Downey to cover the World Cup and put down the American team. I wish the hooligans would find him and play a little pickup game in the street with his head. GREG S. LOGAN South Gate
May 24, 2002
I've just read "Beware the Soccer Hooligans" (May 22), on the likelihood of unruly World Cup enthusiasts invading Japan, and I'm left with two questions: Who invited the World Cup to Japan, and why? You reported that the country has a special national anti-hooligan budget of $35.6million and that "thousands of Japanese police have fanned out to warn businesses of the danger of hooligans." The specter supposedly raises fears throughout the country, with one member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party quoted: "We must also brace against unwanted babies being conceived by foreigners who rape our women.
June 5, 2003
Re "Backers Bet on 2nd Tier of Sports," June 1: With the opening of Home Depot Center in Carson, some residents are concerned that hooligans will invade their neighborhoods wreaking havoc? Fat chance. Of all the reports of soccer hooliganism The Times has dwelt on in the past, how many incidents occurred in the United States? Galaxy supporters are not European hoolies. Cheer, drink and sing we will. But fear not, for we are nothing like those lovable, car-burning Laker fans -- themselves nothing more than frustrated Raider fans in disguise.
September 17, 1987
Accolades to David Johnston and The Times in the attempt to apprise local inhabitants of problems in Los Angeles City public parks. Will this article awaken people (to the fact) that there are problems, and steps must be taken to correct them? Or will the lethargy and apathy of our society prevail, leading to the surrender of our public parks to unwelcomed intruders (gangs and/or private interests, etc.)? Will people react to protect our precious parkland, or sit back, wait and dream that funding will solve our problems?