You know how sports people sometimes like to use the phrase “just take what the opponent gives you?” On an afternoon where Arsenal defeated Manchester City 1-0 and Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny came away with a shutout, Szczesny decided to take that advice and apply it to the fans. As you can see from the photo above, a frustrated fan threw a beer onto the pitch in the 87th minute after Arsenal took a 1-0 lead late in the game. As you can see from the photo below, Szczesny proceeded to pick the beer up and pretend to take a swig.
A Liga de Quito soccer fan from Ecuador died earlier this week from brain trauma during a match. The fan, 26-year-old Christian Calvache, reportedly suffered a “severe head injury” after another fan punched him in the head and he fell, hitting his head on the grandstand seats. According to a translation of the story from Terra.com, the victim’s brother says Calvache was punched by the opposing fan because he refused to let him have a sip of his beer.
The man who threw the punch has reportedly been identified, but his name has not been revealed.
Unfortunately, Calvache’s death is part of a recent pattern of violence having to do with soccer matches in South America. Not only have fans been attacked by fans of opposing teams, but also ones from the same team. Instances like this one can truly never be understood.
Soccer fans have been known to do some dumb crap when they’re angry. Whether it be punching a player in the face, trying to run a ref over with a motorized scooter, or lighting a section of a stadium on fire, they aren’t exactly the most reasonable bunch of people at all hours of the day. Come to think of it, soccer fans do some pretty idiotic things when they’re happy too. At least this particular fan was only hurting himself when he became upset with the way his team was playing. Check out this hilarious video that Dirty Tackle shared with us:
There has to be a better way of kicking a seat than that. Trust me, I’ve kicked a few seats at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park in my day. There’s a balanced and professional way to go about it. He was probably drinking, you say? No excuse. If you’re going to fall three rows trying to express your frustration, you’re probably safer watching from the couch at home.
I don’t care how big of a fan you think you are of your favorite team, Karen Bell has you beat. You may have memorabilia lining your bedroom, 15 jerseys, and three pairs of underwear with your favorite team’s logo on them. Heck, you may even sleep in sheets that are plastered with that same logo. But did you or your wife get married in a detailed wedding dress with your favorite team’s colors and logo all over it? I didn’t think so. Check out this Manchester City wedding dress that Dirty Tackle passed along:
“We wanted to do something different because we have both been married before.” Bell explained to the Manchester Evening News. “It was a labour of love. I was at the sewing machine six nights a week.”
When a fan charges the field in the middle of a game, isn’t he always the bad guy? In the Netherlands, apparently not. A drunken fan ran up behind AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado during a Dutch cup match on Wednesday and Alvarado took care of business. Perhaps he was a little excessive in kicking the moronic fan, but how was he supposed to know he wasn’t being attacked? You could see Alvarado possibly getting into trouble with police after the fact if the fan — a 19-year-old drunk — pressed charges, but getting thrown out of the game? Check out this video that The Big Lead shared with us:
Talk about a tough night. First you think you’re about to be attacked by a fan and then the referee slaps you with a red card. The match was suspended for 36 minutes before Alkmaar coach Gertjan Verbeek ordered his team to walk off in protest, stopping play with Ajax leading 1-0. We usually commend security guards for laying fans out when they jump onto the field, but apparently such behavior is frowned upon from keepers in the Netherlands. That’s a shame.
For proof, we have video of a young boy just nursing a beer like a boss at a Schalke-Augsburg match. Observe:
I suppose we really shouldn’t be giving Germany a hard time here. I mean at Phillies games, it’s even worse.
Sometimes when a team loses a tough game, fans just react. Whether you’re watching the game on TV and you break something in your house or you get into a fight outside the stadium, sometimes rash decisions can come with serious consequences. It’s best to try to control your temper after something unfortunate happens to your team and tell yourself, “it’s only a game.”
As you all know, soccer fans can be some of the most dramatic in the world when it comes to supporting their teams. Whether it’s bringing a dead body to a game, trying to run a ref over, or punching a player in the face, their behavior is often regrettable. That’s why we want to take this time to commend the group of Sporting fans who reacted rationally after Sporting lost 1-0 to Benfica over the weekend. All they did was set their section of Benfica’s stadium on fire. Here is a video of the blaze that Dirty Tackle passed along: