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We won, so let's go smash some windows!

Why do US sports fans vandalise instead of assault when they riot and why after a win and not a loss?

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Fans riot as a way to identify with and join in the victory of their teams. Mob mentality also plays a big part. In study after study, psychologists have shown people often behave differently in big crowds. Alcohol doesn't help, either.

Philadelphia

FIRES in the streets. Smashed windows. Flipped cars. Light poles toppled by alcohol-fuelled crowds. Philadelphia awoke on the morning after the triumph of Super Bowl Sunday to a city in disarray and this vexing question: What is it about sports that makes fans riot? Why do

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