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.
Shamed Crawley duo Pablo Mills and Claude Davis have written letters of apology following their roles in a mass brawl after the club’s win at Bradford City on Tuesday night.
Red Devils captain Mills and Jamaica international Davis were both sent off – along with Bradford trio Jon McLaughlin, Luke Oliver and Andrew Davies – after a melee in which several punches seen to be were thrown.
I’m sure most of you guys saw this game live (who didn’t right?) but you may have missed soccer referee Mike “I’m a Completely Impartial Third Party” Dean as he either does a little jump for joy as this goal goes over the goalkeeper’s head, or he has to pee really bad. Or it could be a pulled hammy, but we think it’s one of the first two.
Best to pick you streaking venues wisely, young man.
It’s one thing to get drunk and run out in front of a crowd of other adults at a pro game, quite another to to chose a game being played by teenagers in front a stands filled with school kids on a field trip.
Yeah, that’s world class stupid. And also why Craig Knight, 20, of Goldstone Villas, Hove, (United Kingdom) will banned from every football (soccer) stadium in the country for three whole years. Knight decided it would be fun to streak during an England under-19 match against Denmark at the American Express Community Stadium . . . with about 16,000 screaming fans, mostly children on school trips, according to reports.
In addition to the ban, Knight is on probation for 12 months and must do 100 hours of community service. Hopefully all of it with his clothes on.