It’s the ultimate way to curb violence and modify bad behavior: getting a stern telling-off from mom. At least, that’s what Recife are hoping, in the belief that hooligans will respect their mothers more than they do the police.
The Brazilian club trained about 30 moms as stewards for Sunday’s derby against Nautico and had them patrol the edge of the field in high-visibility vests, with “Security Moms” written on the back. Result: no arrests. And all the Recife ultras went home straight after the game to do wash up, tidy their rooms and finish their homework.
“The idea was to make the most fanatical supporters aware and help in some way to bring peace to stadiums,” a spokesperson told the club website. “At the end of the day, no one wants to fight in front of a mother, especially his own.”
It’s a strategy that’s probably not going to work on rebellious teenagers, but imagine how different the 1970s and `80s could have been in Europe if only soccer had realized it didn’t need fences, or aggressive police; they just needed a crack troop of moms.
Next week: Galatasaray implement the Naughty Step to calm tensions in the next Istanbul derby.