Police in Britain have arrested three known troublemakers and confiscated their passports before they could get on a plane to travel to the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in Poland. Apparently this is a pretty common practice with “known” hooligans, to prevent them from causing trouble in the host countries. They’re supposed to turn in their passports before the events (keeping them from traveling) and if they don’t they get pinched.
No they haven’t done anything wrong . . . yet, but apparently their history made authorities believe they would.
You’re all familiar with soccer hooligans, aren’t you? Tough guys who always want to brawl with other soccer fans, get into it with the police and generally cause trouble without regard to their own physical safety. Like Liam Melody, 19, of Stanley Gardens, Wallington, a member of the fearsome Holmesdale Fanatics who’s on trial in the United Kingdom for allegedly pushing a stadium steward over a railing during one game and provoking a fight during another. If convicted, he could face a lifetime ban from ALL soccer stadiums in the country.
That is, if his trial ever gets underway.
It was delayed last week after–we’re not making this up!–a partition above the urinals at Croydon Magistrates’ Court fell on his head. Mr. Melody then ran into the courtroom with a gash on his head “crying for his dad” according to reports.
The urinal partition just fell on his head? And there’s no chance he got angry, punched the wall and it fell on his head in a grand example of Karma being a bitch? We may never know, but Melody’s trial is expected to resume soon and we can only home he stays safe until it’s over.
Strange things seem to happen at soccer games all the time, usually involving players taking dives. Or hooligan throwing flares onto the field.
But this time, it was something even more unusual: a chicken ran out onto the field. Nope, not a prank rubber chicken, an actual live chicken, wearing a Blackburn soccer club flag during a game against bitter rival Wigan in the United Kingdom.
Not sure what the chicken symbolized, but eventually the goal keeper trapped him under some netting and a stadium security guard took him away. Not sure if any charges will be pressed against the chicken or if his discipline will be handled by one of the team’s sponsors, KFC.