No, this is not one of those videos where a soccer player takes a dive when a stiff breeze blows by. This guy actually looks like he was kicked squarely in the balls after the opposing player whiffed—with both of them running at full speed.
According to at least one report, the guy kicked in the crotch, known as Emre, plays in the Turkish soccer league. In an earlier match, he reportedly called the guy who kicked him the N-word. Emre claims he just called him a pr*ck, but that’s not what everyone else heard. So, when Didier Zokora (in red) allegedly saw his chance for revenge on this alleged racist, he took it.
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.