It’s not like this never happens elsewhere, but how often do you get video of visiting soccer fans having cups of beer thrown at them, while they’re being protected from rival fans by riot police as they chant “U-S-A, U-S-A” after a game that ended in a 0-0 tie?
First, the Gauchos lost to rival UC Davis 2-1, and after the match the coach and several players were arguing with the referees when player Peter “Don’t Call Me McGruff” McGlynn decided to get the attention of the referee by shoving him from behind and knocking him to the ground (although it looks like the ref took a bit of a dive there, but whatevs). That led to McGlynn’s arrest and being lead off the field in handcuffs. Following the match, UCSB cut McGlynn from the team, suspended coach Tim Vom Steeg and then removed the soccer team from any post-season play.
The worst part? Now UCSB alum/radio host Jim Rome will spend most of today’s show talking about this incident–errrr–sporting event.
Losing a soccer match to your rival? That is NOT a reason to GO.
It’s not unusual for fans of almost any sport to throw things onto the field when they’re unhappy with the game. Batteries, coins, water bottles . . . you name it, someone had probably thrown it in anger. Then there’s the fans of the Arab Football Champions league.
Here’s more from the YouTube description:
Wednesday night’s AFC Champions League clash between Iranian side Sepahan and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli produced no goals, but there was certainly some explosive action at the Foolad Shahr Stadium. The quarterfinal first leg was temporarily interrupted when the referee ran to one of the sidelines to inspect debris thrown on the field by fans. Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj picked up a small, black object and tossed it away from the pitch. Turns out that object was some kind of mini grenade or firecracker, which exploded upon landing, causing the referee and his assistant to run for their lives.No one was hurt in the incident, and the game was cancelled initially but players came back on field after security inspection was made.The police officials are still investigating this matter.