05.22.07 11 years ago 11 Comments

Here's footage of a pleasant game of soccer in Turkey, between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe.  Apparently the teams are rivals or something, and an American teacher was at the scene in Galatasaray's stadium.

As the teams warmed, people started throwing chairs at the opposite team’s players! I’m serious – they were kicking the stadium chairs loose and hurling them wholesale or in pieces onto the field. And then they pulled out smoke bombs and flares, and started throwing those! … [T]he game hadn’t even started yet…

The game began, and people continued to throw seats, water bottles, and flares onto the field, where they were left as hazards at the players’ feet… Then Fenerbahçe scored, and the stadium really erupted into craziness… Dozens of police officers stood watching in all corners of the field, moving to shield the players whenever they could…

[W]hen Fenerbahçe scored again… so many flares were thrown onto the field that you literally could not see from one side of the stadium to the other. It looked like a war scene in a movie.

Ah, good times.  The Offside has video of the players ignoring the bottles getting hurled at them, if you're into that sort of thing.  I know I am.

In other soccer-related goodness, Dave's Football Blog looks at why soccer fans are so violent, while fans of violent sports like rugby and football are more generally good-natured.  Also, Greek police will use paintball snipers to deter and mark hooligans attending the UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and AC Milan.  If it produces video like this, then I'm all for it.

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