6
May

Pitch invader gets knocked out by rival pitch invader

Well, this has to be a first!

After last week’s Slovakian Cup encounter between Slovan Bratislava and MFK Kosice, a fan from the winning team (Kosice) decided to invade Bratislava’s pitch and jubilantly wave his shirt over his head. This act of mockery enraged one of the home fans so much that he decided to invade the pitch as well. Why? So he could knock the guy out cold, as if to say: “Not in my house!”

P.S.: Apparently, stadium security is pretty lax over in Slovakia.


H/T Deadspin

19
Apr

Blackpool coach sent to stands after hitting his own player

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In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.

During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.

Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.

Check out the slap:

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.

Image provided by Reuters.

25
Jan

Club bans captain after attack on fan

Non-league side Goole banned captain Karl Colley for life after he attempted to fight a visiting fan in the stands following a red card.

After Colley was sent off for a tackle on Coalville’s Cameron Stuart, video footage showed the 30-year-old defender make three attempts to confront a heckling fan, appearing to throw a punch at him on the second occasion.

The Football Association will reportedly look into the incident on Monday, while Goole wasted no time with their response:

"Straight after the game he was sacked," Goole secretary Andrew Morris told Press Association Sport. "This is one individual. I spoke to Coalville after the game and they said also it was one individual. This is a shame because we’re just a group of volunteers. It’s disgusting and embarrassing."

A statement on Goole’s website backed up what Morris said, adding: “After the deplorable incident at today’s home game against Coalville Town, we can confirm that the player responsible has been released by the club.

"We are a family club and incidents of this nature have no place in football and will not be tolerated at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. The club acted quickly and decisively and released the player with immediate effect and as such the player in question will never play for our football club again. We apologize to each and every supporter at the game today and whilst as a club, we can’t legislate for incidents of this nature, we will not tolerate them from anyone."

The website also listed Colley’s number of past clubs, with Newcastle named as his first. Records show he made a number of friendly appearances for the Magpies.

Coincidentally, Colley’s disgraceful act came on the 19th anniversary of Eric Cantona’s infamous attack on a Crystal Palace fan, for which the Man United player was arrested and convicted for assault, as well as banned from world football for eight months.

12
Dec

Fight breaks out in Europa League match

Anyone who said the Europa League is a meaningless competition clearly forgot to tell Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and Ukrainian squad FC Chornomorets Odesa.

With a shot at the round of 32 on the line, things became awful chippy between PSV’s Santiago Arias and Chornomorets’ Sito Riera late in the game.

As seen in the video, Arias gives Riera a less-than-friendly shove out of bounds. This sends Riera over the edge, in more ways than one. The winger charges Arias, shoving him and then popping him with a kick for good measure.

This overreaction starts a minor brouhaha, resulting in a yellow card for PSV’s Adam Maher to go on top of Riera’s red.

That wasn’t the only assault that took place in Thursday’s Europa League action. During an earlier match between St. Gallen and Swansea City. Look at that adorable girl just viciously attack that pretzel. It never stood a chance:

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The scene calls up shades of one George Costanza:

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Unabashed eating. Gotta love it.

6
Nov

Amsterdam hooligans ambush Celtic fans in pub ahead of Champions League match

Video footage has been unearthed showing around 50 Ajax hooligans ambushing a group of Celtic fans in an Amsterdam pub the night before their Champions League match. The footage was recorded by an eye witnesses from a window.

The group of thugs, all wearing coats with their hoods drawn, began banging on the pub’s windows, and you can see one Celtic fan turn towards them moments before he gets attacked from the inside.

The gang quickly fled away from the scene, but according to reports, nine arrests have been made by Amsterdam police. It is believed the hooligans targeted the pub knowing Celtic fans would be inside.

H/T 101GG

2
Nov

Player punches opponent, somehow gets away with it

Could you hear that punch?

It’s hard to imagine that anybody who was at the scene did not. Incredulously, the match officials for a semi-pro game in England’s Northern League neither saw nor heard Birtley player Mark Brereton’s right-handed haymaker smack against the face of Heaton Stannington’s Paul Blakely.

Blakey was soon rushed to a local hospital with a suspected broken jaw, while Birtley’s manager was able to substitute Brereton off following the referee’s failure to react to the shocking assault.

From Sky Tyne and Wear:

Brereton immediately walked off the pitch but instead of being sent off the officials allowed him to be substituted as none of them had seen the incident.

Heaton Stannington assistant manager Geoff Walker said: “Their coach apologised on the lad’s behalf but I said if it was one of our lads he wouldn’t kick a ball for us again.

“The officials have come up to us at the end and said they didn’t see it but I think there is plenty here that did see it.”

At least karma got the better of Brereton and his side. Heaton Stannington went on to win the match 3-0.

H/T 101GG

1
Nov

Diego Maradona takes swipe at former son-in-law Sergio Aguero

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You always hear stories about nightmarish in-laws, but what if your former father-in-law is Diego Maradona?

Not a good situation, but it’s the position Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero finds himself in. And he certainly isn’t in Maradona’s good graces.

After a four-year marriage, Aguero and Maradona’s daughter, Giannina, called it quits, and it seems that things were less-than-amicable.

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Speaking with Argentine radio, Diego called Aguero a “wimp, who I don’t even want to name.”

For his part, Aguero took the high road when responding to the comments via Facebook:

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"It was always clear to me that Benjamin (son) was above everything. I was never, ever okay with my personal life being out in the public eye. This is why I spoke to those close to me, and advised that they refrain from making comments. "

Aguero added: “I never spoke in these topics before. This is the first and last time. I hope everyone understands.

"For everyone’s own good and well-being, especially Ben, we need to resolve this in an amicable manner. This is what’s worked for me so far, no need to change it up."

H/T Metro

Images provided by Getty.

26
Oct

Five players sent off in massive brawl at end of Argentinian match

Ah yes, the Argentinian league is always such a fun, family-friendly affair.

In what unfortunately is too common of an occurrence — last week, a brawl broke out between Boca Juniors and Godoy Cruz — two Argentinian club teams came to blows at the end of a league match, resulting in five red cards.

Arsenal de Sarandi were playing Gimnasia on Saturday with a chance to close in on league leaders Newell’s Old Boys, but after blowing a lead in the second half and with time ticking away, Arsenal’s players grew frustrated by the opposition’s apparent time-wasting. In stoppage time, tempers boiled over when Gimnasia refused to give Arsenal possession back after a punctured ball had to be replaced on the sideline.

Arsenal thought this was bad sportsmanship leading to the brawl. In the end, two of Arsenal’s players and three Gimnasia players were sent off for their part in the carnage.

From PA Sport:

The match finished in heated fashion after a dispute about the state of the ball and what the home side saw as time-wasting.

The referee was forced to halt the match as police came on the pitch to attempt to break things up, and in the end Damian Perez and Nicolas Aguirre for Arsenal were sent off, as well as Gimnasia’s Ariel Garcia, Franco Mussis and Ricardo Diaz.

Could be worse, though. Imagine if that crazy referee from Kuwait was in charge of this match!

H/T Dirty Tackle

25
Oct

Kuwaiti soccer ref throws punch, kick then sends off bevy of players

The Kuwaiti Premier League is no place for bullies.

The violent scene from Al-Arabi against Al Nasar, where a group of enraged Al Nasar players took special exception to a penalty being called, can attest to that.

In an effort to presumably change the referee’s mind, Al Nasar players crowd around the official in a furor. It should be noted that we have no recollection of this type of persuasion ever being effective, but let’s continue.

To his credit, the ref does what he can to pacify the situation before finally snapping. He reels off what appears to be a left-handed jab that grazes No. 11 of Al Nasar. The player, probably acting on soccer instinct, falls to the ground like Mike Tyson just stuck him with a haymaker.

As tensions continue to escalate, No. 11 makes a miraculous recovery and resumes confronting the ref, who throws a kick quick at the player before remembering he literally holds a trump card for this situation.

The referee begins doling out red cards like he’s playing blackjack, managing to even send a Sheikh to the stands before it’s all said and done.

Finally, in the ultimate display of sportsmanship, Al Nasar’s No. 9 drills the ball at the referee following Al-Arabi’s successful penalty attempt.

No. 9 was shown red, but escaped any physical punishment.

(h/t WhoAteAllThePies)

17
Oct

England youngsters involved in ugly dust-up during Euro qualifier

Boys will be boys.

England’s Under-21 squad had an easy time with Lithuania in Tuesday’s qualifying match for the Under-21 European Championships. But the Three Lions’ 5-0 thumping was marred by an ugly on-field dust-up between starlets Wilfried Zaha and Ravel Morrison.

The 20-year-old Morrison had already scored two goals in what was a brilliant performance by the West Ham midfielder, but with the match all but over, Morrison and Zaha had an argument that couldn’t wait for after the match.

After a fruitless free-kick, Zaha came over to confront Morrison, who responded by shoving his teammate in the face. Substitute Nathan Redmond quickly ran over to break up the fight before it got out of hand.

Following the match, Redmond said:

"It was just a bit of a disagreement, nothing else. We got back in the changing rooms and we sorted it out. You get that with teams everywhere, there is just a bit more of spotlight on this incident because it was for England.

We sorted it out behind the scenes. Rav’s a class player, sometimes he just has to move the ball a little bit quicker. Sometimes you do get a little bit frustrated with him, but you just have to let Rav be Rav because of the things he is capable of.”

For his part, Morrison said he couldn’t remember what happened, which is exactly something a son might tell his parents after a scuffle with his brother. “I can’t remember it, I’ve not seen it back yet to be honest,” Morrison added.

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Images: Daily Mail