18
Jun

Chile fans storm barrier at Maracana, break in to stadium

About 100 Chile fans busted through a security checkpoint at the Maracana stadium less than an hour before the Spain-Chile game Wednesday, damaging the media room as they desperately ran around in an apparent attempt to get into the game.

The red-shirted Chileans, mostly young men, sprinted through the huge FIFA media center underneath the stands and ran toward a corridor they apparently thought would lead to the grandstands.

But once inside that corridor, they realized it didn’t lead to the stands. They broke down a temporary wall, sending metal lockers crashing to the ground, according to AP journalists.

"I was the lone guy standing out there (near entry to press center)," security guard Diego Goncalves said. "All of a sudden they knocked down the fence and just pushed their way through."

One guard grabbed a Chilean by the neck and dragged him away.

Security guards eventually surrounded the group, made them sit on the ground and led them away in a line with each Chilean holding onto the shoulders of another in front of him.

Take a look at some of the scenes:

23
May

Naughty pup eats QPR fans tickets for playoff final

It’s not very often that the excuse of “my dog ate my homework” can actually be used. But, for one unlucky Queens Park Rangers fan, his pup really did eat something very important!

Saffa Michail was beside himself after his dog destroyed his tickets for QPR’s playoff final against Derby at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.  It’s safe to say Michail was less than pleased with the dog, telling several people on Twitter that he wanted to kill him (thank goodness he was half-joking or this would be a very different story).

Luckily for him, the club was able to step in and make sure his tickets were reprinted without issue — and he got a tweet from a QPR player, too:

While Michail is thankful the situation was sorted by the club, we’re certain the most relieved being in this whole situation is the naughty pup who surely avoided any further reprimanding. Plus, he’s pretty darn cute. Hard to be too mad at him, right?

(H/T Off The Post)

1
Sep

Copenhagen blocks ticket orders from fans with non-Danish sounding names

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FC Copenhagen fans were probably thrilled after getting drawn with Real Madrid, Celtic and in the Champions League group stage. After all, it poses a rare chance to see some European giants come to town. Not surprisingly, many were eager to order the three-match ticket bundles for the trio of home fixtures but shockingly many received emails from the club telling them that their tickets had been cancelled due to “security reasons.”

The reason?

They’re names were “non-Danish” sounding.

The bizarre decision to block purchases of orders made by people with foreign-appearing names was made to prevent away fans from claiming tickets in the home sections of the Parken stadium, which the club said was a “main safety concern.” However, it upset many Copenhagen fans with non-traditional Danish last names.

Copenhagen club secretary Daniel Rommedahl then responded to hundreds of fans who had since showered the club with criticism, insisting that fans will be able to plead their case that they are, indeed, fans of FC Copenhagen:

“Safety is always our main concern when it comes to events at Parken. Therefore we make every effort to ensure that fans of our guests only have access to the away section.

“If a dialogue with the customer shows otherwise, the purchase will be approved.

“We were fully aware that our decision would cause a reaction, but it was the best solution. We are fully aware that everyone will not agree, but discrimination it is not.”

It’s hard to see that this was the best possible solution, but at least fans will get a chance to retrieve their rightly tickets. We wonder how exactly that dialogue is going to go, though. Questioning fanhood based on last names probably makes for some awkward phone conversations.

(H/T Goal.com)

10
Jan

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: high ticket prices may force fans away from sporting events.

According to a report from the Guardian on Wednesday, Manchester City supporters returned nearly a third of their allocated tickets for Sunday’s Premier League match against Arsenal at Etihad Stadium after refusing to fork £62 per ticket (almost $100).

Check out FOX Soccer News’ latest report regarding this much-talked about topic in English football.