159 seconds of carnage is a scary reminder of football’s dark days
March 13, 2017
Merseyside, Manchester or London, if each cities respective derbies were happening, an innocuous coming together of two rival players, would provoke the British ‘handbags’, an odd yellow card and a few foul-mouthed chants from the fans.
And now, to up the ante slightly, let’s say the incidental coming together occurred in the 89th minute, with the game delicately poised at 1-1, would you expect to see the above carnage?
Jacaré striker Nunes and Gama’s right-back Dudu Gago had a seemingly pointless, for want of a better word, spat and in a matter of seconds the pitch was covered with fans, players and management of each team and clashes broke out all over the place.
Reinaldo, former Flamengo and Sao Paulo, who scored Jacaré’s goal in the match, had the following to say after the melee had died down and the military police had taken control:
“I think it’s everybody’s fault.
“First, it has to start with the referee. He is the authority on the field. I think if I knew that the game was going to get violent, I would have sorted out whoever it was (causing it), Gama or Brasiliense.
“The players of the two teams are also to blame, no doubt. We were very sad about this fact today. We hope that nobody has been hurt, but it is something that makes us very sad.
“The fault is everyone, players, refereeing, and also those fans who come just to fight”
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Despite the scenes being reminiscent of football’s darker hooliganism-based days, amazingly no one was arrested. And, thankfully, there was just the one injury, with a police officer being admitted to hospital with a cut to the face.
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As frustrating as he is renegade. You've got to love him. Yet, some scum of the Earth decided to racially abuse the Liverpool legend in 2010. And they were his own Italian fans. Disgusting. Image Source: The Independent
Oh, what a legend. How we all wish we were around when Clough was managing. Maverick. If you haven't, please watch Damned United. And, during this game, the manager even turned on his own supporters by clipping them round the ear - that's probably kind to him - as his own fans raided the pitch after victory against QPR. Image Source: You Tube
Slightly different angle here. Pique has been famously vocal over his support for Catalan Independence from central Spain. The Barcelona man has regularly been booed when playing for the Spanish team, and recently stated how he will retire after the 2018 World Cup due to the pressure from the fans. Shame Gerard didn't opt for a Wazza-Roo response, 'nice to see your home fans booing, ya'. Image Source: Getty Images
To be captain of your country, and then be booed like Turan was during Euro 2016, shows how ruthless the Turks can be. On the chopping board for not putting enough effort in during Turkey's 3-0 loss to Spain. The Spanish even started chanting Turan in support for the Barcelona man. Image Source: Squawka
Steve Kean was ridiculed during
2010–2012 at Blackburn Rovers. It was disgusting watching the protests against the manager. It led to reports saying how Kean dreaded home games, and looked forward to away matches. That should never *ever* be the case. Image Source: talkSPORT
The rivalry between Cardiff and Swansea is pretty strong - don't blame the Welsh, it's about the only exciting thing going on over there. But the fact a shed load of Cardiff fans fired a load of abuse at their national captain was really, really poor from some of the Welsh fans. Image Source: The Independent
The Turks are back at it. Demirel genuinely refused to play for the national side in 2014, after receiving copious amounts of abuse from Galatasaray fans, playing for Fenerbahce. Saying that, really don't blame the 'keeper, those fans are terrifying. Image Source: kralspor
You've got to feel for Aston Villa supporters. From being a really respected Premier League club under Martin O'Neil, to petering out like a pathetic erection after a big night out. Still, the way they turned on Brad Guzan during that 4-0 loss to Chelsea was too far last season. It led to the Chelsea players saying they'd never heard of such abuse to host players from the home fans. Poor old, Brad. Image Source: The Sun
Chelsea were an absolute laughing stock last season. And, to be fair to their fans, they stood behind their 'Special One'. Following Jose's sacking, Chelsea then decided to turn up, and beat Sunderland 3-0. Unprofessional, and just wrong. Who do the players think they are, picking and choosing when to show-up?! It led to heavy jeers from the home fans, in particular at the famous three rats; Costa, Hazard and Fabregas. Image Source: Daily Mail