The game of football has long been associated with violence since its beginnings in 13th century England. Medieval football matches involved hundreds of players, and were essentially pitched battles between the young men of rival villages. Only two periods in British history have been relatively free of football-related violence: the inter-war years and the decade following the Second World War.
The behaviour now known as 'football hooliganism' originated in England in the early 1960s, and has been linked with the televising of matches (and of pitch-invasions, riots etc.) and with the 'reclaiming' of the game by the working classes.
In other European countries, similar patterns of behaviour emerged about 10 years later, in the early 1970s.
In 1997 in Beverwijk in The Netherlands an Ajax supporter was killed during a riot between Feyenoord and Ajax supporters.