For a month: “Hooligan style” and “battle songs” – Zurich school bans football during the break

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In primary schools in Borrweg and Friesenberg, the school management has issued a ban on football since May. This is his reaction to the violence among the students.

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In the Borrweg and Friesenberg schools, the school management has ordered a ban on football for one month during the breaks.

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In doing so, it is responding to the behavior of the children that you are

In doing so, he is responding to the behavior of children who have “beaten each other down in the hooligan style,” as the principal reports.

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The social assistance of supporters of the Zurich football team also wants to consult the school management to change the behavior of children during and after football matches.

The social assistance of supporters of the Zurich football team also wants to consult the school management to change the behavior of children during and after football matches.

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  • Two school buildings in Zurich forbid playing football in May.

  • This is how they react to aggressive behavior from school children.

  • The principal “bleeds his heart” because of the measure.

From 2 May, two school buildings in Zurich will ban football matches on their playgrounds. The ban will therefore take effect as soon as primary school children return to class after the Easter holidays. The NZZ reports it. The parents of the Borrweg and Friesenberg schools, who belong to the Uetliberg school, received a letter from the school management before the holidays. He says playing football during breaks will be banned for a month.

“Our May is without football”

In an e-mail he has the NZZ, he says: “Our May is without football.” According to the letter, the schools decided to take this step because playing football regularly led to conflicts. “The children silenced themselves in hooligan style and after the break they entered the school buildings with battle songs,” says Martin Gehrig, principal of the school in Am Uetliberg. Furthermore, football is said to have caused the children to insult each other. School management fears that children will copy the hooligan behavior of fans at the stadium and imitate it at school.

The school tried various measures to solve the problem. Among other things, a traffic light system has been introduced, says the principal. But nothing worked in the long run, so the school decided to temporarily ban football during breaks. “Our hearts bleed”, continues the principal, according to the newspaper, noting that the school is very sporty and has been awarded the label “for a sport-friendly school culture” from the canton of Zurich.

“The school management has overreacted”

Conflict and education consultant Karin Knecht cannot understand the decision. She says about 20 minutes: “The school management has overreacted completely with this measure. She gestures to the children: ‘You are all troublemakers.’ What should kids do if they aren’t even allowed to play soccer anymore? ”Especially now, when students can finally do contact sport again after Corona and it’s so important for kids to move.

Knecht suggests involving school social workers and talking to teachers and students about the problem of hooligans in class councils, for example. Otherwise there is a risk that the fronts between students and teachers will harden.

Indeed, after the Easter holidays, the school wants to raise the question with the children that fair play and values ​​such as respect, tolerance and acceptance play a role in football. The social assistance of fans of the Zurich football team also wants to consult the school to change the behavior of children during and after football matches. If this is successful, the ball should roll again in June.

“Squid Game” has also been banned

The school children had already attracted attention last fall by imitating the Korean hit series “Squid Game” in their playgrounds. This escalated into a brawl in a Belgian school. In Dietikon, too, a school had to react to an “unpleasant scene” after the children tried to recreate scenes from “Squid Game”.

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