16
Oct

Crazy brawl breaks out in Argentina’s fourth division

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It’s been a while since the last full-fledged melee out of Argentina has come to our attention. Frankly, it’s been quiet. Too quiet.

But sadly, we knew that eventually the silence wouldn’t last. Enter fourth-division sides Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti.

The two teams got involved in a massive brawl on Thursday after a foul at one end of the pitch quickly spilled over to the other end, where all 22 players and dozens of fans took part in a frenetic free-for-all:

The match was suspended after only twenty minutes of play.


19
Sep

Russian youth soccer game turns into massive brawl

A soccer match in Russia was the scene of a violent incident that quickly got out of hand.

The match between Dnepr Smolensk and Lokomotiv Moscow turned into an all-out brawl replete with haymakers and cheap shots. Just go ahead and watch to see the melee, and make sure to keep en eye out for the flying kick (you can’t miss it).

Fortunately, it looks like everyone escaped without major injury. Yet, something tells us these kids need some anger management courses.

Or if that won’t work, at least put on some gloves.

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(h/t Deadspin)

31
Jul

U-20 Mexico/Northern Ireland match ends in violent brawl

A tournament match-up between Mexico and Northern Ireland Under-20s turned very, very ugly on Wednesday.

The teams were facing off in Northern Ireland in the Milk Cup, an annual week-long international youth tournament, when the game devolved into full-team brawls. Twice.

The fighting started in the 57th minute, and deteriorated into violence with three players getting red cards.

The brawling started again with three or four minutes left on the clock and resulted in one Mexican player aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Ireland player.

The referee opted to blow the final whistle when order was finally restored.

In total, three Mexican players and one from Northern Ireland were sent-off for fighting during the match and all four were later suspended by the tournament organizers.

On Thursday, Mexican FA issued an apology for the team’s behavior, while Northern Ireland team manager Stephen Craigan said Mexico shouldn’t be invited back to the tournament. He’s got a point:

"It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world. They were here to watch a football match, they do not expect to see that. Mexico did it last year, they had a man sent-off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

Northern Ireland came out of the melee with a 2-1 win, and will win the tournament if they beat their final opponent, Canada.

(h/t BBC Sport)

11
May

Zenit fan punches Dynamo Moscow player during mass pitch invasion

One of Russia’s top clashes has been called off after fans stormed the field and one of them punched a visiting player in the head.

Dynamo Moscow was leading Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 in the 87th minute Sunday when Zenit spectators surged from the stands. A loss by Zenit would damage its hopes of winning the Russian Premier League. It is unclear if the score will be the final result.

Broadcasts showed one fan running to Dynamo defender Vladimir Granat and hitting him in the head from behind. Dynamo sporting director Guram Adzhoev told local media that Granat has a head injury. In 2012, a Zenit-Dynamo match was abandoned when a flare thrown from the Zenit fan section injured Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin.

We at the FOX Soccer Blog do not condone violence, but we have to say: That is one dreadful looking right hook. Thumbs down all the way around for this disgusting act.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this blog post.

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.

10
Apr

Crawley Town defender in hot water after slapping fan

The Number 1 rule professional athletes must follow is about as simple as it gets, yet we see it broken way too many times:

Don’t. Hit. The fans.

Alas, the latest incident of an athlete getting into it with a fan comes courtesy of Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly. During a League One (Third Division) match at Brentford, the visitors looked to quickly re-start play with a throw-in when a home supporter chucked the ball rather forcefully at Connolly. The defender immediately lost his cool, visibly reaching into the stands to give him a slap in the face.

Though the referee took no action against Connolly at the time, we would be surprised if he doesn’t get a call from the Football Association. For his part, the culprit took to Twitter afterwards and tried to brush the whole thing off as much ado about nothing:

Yeah, not so sure the FA will look at it that way.

28
Mar

Last-second penalty triggers player riot in Copa Libertadores

Thursday night’s Copa Libertadores match between Independiente del Valle and San Lorenzo ended on an ugly note when riot police had to rush the pitch to stop players from attacking the referee.

The commotion was sparked when a last-second penalty was awarded to Ecuadorian side Independiente. The Argentinian visitors San Lorenzo were clinging to a 1-0 lead. Once Junior Sornoza converted from the spot for an improbable, last-gasp point, the livid San Lorenzo players swarmed around the match officials, forcing riot police into action.

The impact of the penalty decision can’t be understated. Due to the late equalizer, the two sides now both sit on five points in their Copa Libertadores group, with just one match-day remaining. A win would have given San Lorenzo a good chance to advance to the next round, but the draw kept them behind Independiente in last place.

H/T Pies

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.