07.21.08 10 years ago 14 Comments

The Columbus Crew played the Premiership's West Ham United in a friendly this weekend.  Yes, a friendly.  So the soccer team with the most notorious hooligans in the U.K. visits the location of Ohio State University.  What could possibly go wrong?

A halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred an exhibition match Sunday between West Ham United of the English Premier League club and the MLS' Columbus Crew. The fights, which overshadowed West Ham United's 3-1 win, began when a handful of West Ham supporters… entered the northeast corner of the stadium where the Crew's most boisterous supporters typically gather.

Crew supporters began directing chants toward the rival fans, and fights quickly broke out between more than 100 Crew fans and at least 30 West Ham fans. [Note: police reportedly used pepper spray on the crowd. -Ed.]

The headline for that story claimed that the fights "marred" the soccer game.  Really?  Because I think the soccer game marred a perfectly good brawl.

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