Wonder if this crazed attacker yelled “Mom always liked you best!” or “Soccer is so boring I can’t stand it?”
You know soccer hooliganism has gotten WAY out of control when the fans start attacking their own siblings. In this case, Yuksel Yesilova (who coaches the Yurdu team, of course) was minding his own business on the sidelines when a rabid fan jumped down from the stands and stabbed him six times. That fan, of course, turned out to be his own brother who, according to Yesilova, has some mental problems.
The good news? Coach Yesilova is expected to make a full recovery.
The bad news? Things will be really awkward at the Yesilova house this Christmas.
Below is video of the aftermath of the incident (not the stabbing itself.) Details from The Herald Sun:
The TFF First League match between Mersin Idman Yurdu and Samsunspor, in the northern Turkish port city of Samsun, was halted in the 40th minute when the Yurdu coach Yuksel Yesilova was attacked on the touchline, The Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Mr Yesilova was stabbed six times, once in the stomach and five times in the hip, as fans looked on in disbelief. He was rushed to a local hospital but the injuries were not life-threatening, the Turkish newspaper said.
The alleged assailant was later revealed to be Yesilova’s older brother, Murat Yesilova, who was taken into custody following Tuesday’s ambush. “In his first statement to the police he said he did it because of personal issues,” Samsun Governor Huseyin Aksoy told the Anatolia news agency.
What would a World Cup be without a few hooligans? And what kind of hooligans would they be if they didn’t try to cause some trouble? The host country, South Africa, found the answer to that question this week and found more than 160 Argentinian soccer fans crammed into a school hostel, many trying to get into games without tickets. From that bunch, 17 were determined to be “hooligans” and were deported from the country.
No goal for you!
South African police in cooperation with Argentinian police, raided a school hostel in the South African capital city of Pretoria early Wednesday morning, housing 165 Argentine soccer fans. Seventeen were detained and handed over to immigration officials for deportation. Brig. Sally de Beer of the South African Police Service told AP they had been sleeping when the 30 policemen “took them by surprise” without any violence. She said they had been monitoring the hooligans to “build up a profile.”
The Argentine fans wanted to see their team play and some of them had tried to gain access to two World Cup games without tickets. Because the fans also “behaved in a disorderly fashion on a number of occasions, roughing up other fans and generally causing trouble,” police decided that they were not the kind of fans desired at World Cup matches, De beer told AP. “They could cause instability,” she said.