Two amusing incidents in Japan recently proved that confusion and misunderstanding is the order of the day when thinking about disorderly World Cup fans.
A World Cup conversation cannot take place without the subject of hooliganism cropping up, especially as both England and Germany have been drawn to play their first-round games in Japan.
Up in Sapporo, where England will play Argentina in the Group of Death, the police have been testing a Spiderman-style "net gun" designed to ensnare groups of rowdy fans.
"Anyone going wild will be trapped under a net and they won't be able to move," claims Masahisa Tamura, a police press officer.
"I've heard that something similar has been used in Europe, but we've developed this especially for the World Cup."
Can you imagine it?
A group of Chelsea fans wearing the Three Lions, having a few beers and a singalong are suddenly the target of a net-happy Sapporo rookie policeman shaking in his boots.
Talk about provocation! I could imagine fans deliberately showing "wild" behavior just to take on the net. It would be hilarious.
The problem is, with football hooliganism non-existent in Japan, do the people know the difference between boisterous behavior and downright violence?
Absolutely not, if events at Saitama last Saturday are anything to go by.
Saitama's local organizing committee held a lecture for some volunteers, and recruited five English conversation teachers to burst in and behave like hooligans.
(Apparently, 18 English teachers applied for the five posts, and presumably they got paid for their time as English teachers rarely do anything for nothing. Getting paid for behaving badly? That's not unique, as Mike Tyson has made millions out of this!)
The aim of the exercise was to show the volunteers certain aspects of British football culture, and for them to try and distinguish between high-spirited celebration and fans going on the rampage.
Anyway, it all ended happily after ever, as volunteers and fans joined together in a chorus of the Euro 96 anthem "It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming...football's coming home."
Fans who can't get tickets for the matches in Japan will be able to watch their own amusing sideshows unfold on the streets.
Just watch out for those nets!