28
Apr

Security guard turns Polish fan into a human fireball

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As the season comes to a close in most leagues around the world, down-to-the-wire title races tend to dominate the headlines, but it’s the scrums at the other end of the tables - the relegation battles — that often provide the “fieriest” of atmospheres in stadiums across the world.

In Poland’s Ekstraklasa (First Division), things got a little too hot for one fan.

After relegation-threatened Zaglebie Lubin lost 1-0 to Slask Wroclaw on Saturday, the raucous away supporters were smartly held behind in the stadium as security tried to prevent clashes between the two fan bases. Tempers “flared” anyway.

When one supporter climbed up on a gate and menacingly waved around his flare, a security guard tried to extinguish it (or get him to come down, or both) by dousing the fan with a can of AXE body spray (OK, we made that part up. It was probably pepper spray). Unfortunately, the spray reacted violently with the open flame and briefly lit the fan up like a Christmas tree.

The “human fireball” only lasted for a second and the fan was reportedly unharmed. However, we’re willing to bet he won’t be acting a fool in stadiums again anytime soon.

See the footage (start at the 1:35 mark, left corner) below:

Image and H/T: 101GG

19
Aug

Bayern give jailed ex-player Breno part-time job as youth coach

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Former Bayern Munich defender Breno received a second chance from his ex-club 13 months after being jailed for setting his Munich villa on fire. The 23-year-old Brazilian will begin working as a part-time assistant youth coach at the Bayern academy while serving out the rest of his three-year and nine-month sentence, the club and player said on Monday.

Breno appeared at a news conference today with club president Uli Hoeness, and expressed his gratitude to Bayern for the chance.

"The time spent in prison, these 13 months, have been hard…I have changed as a person and I have learned a lot. I am happy to have been given this chance by Bayern."

Hoeness added: “Breno is a member of the Bayern family who once had problems. Now there is a glimmer of hope and we want to give it to him.”

Breno will apparently work a five-hour-day with the club as an assistant to the under-23 team, and then will return to prison each evening. Breno is petitioning for early release in 2014.

Breno was jailed in 2011 after he did this to his home:

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Fortunately, his family was not in the house at the time and there were no injuries, but Breno was later convicted of arson.

14
Jun

Brazilians protest outside stadium prior to Confederations Cup

This is not what the Confederation Cup hosts were hoping for the day before the tournament kicks off.

Several hundred protestors were in action, lighting tires on fire outside of Brazil’s Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha and blocking police and firefighters from extinguishing the flames.

Our Jamie Trecker was on the ground to give a full report of the protest.

27
Apr

Columbus Crew scoreboard catches fire

The Columbus Crew was getting set to face D.C. United at home when their scoreboard started burning up.

Action was swift, and it only took about 30 minutes for the Columbus Fire Department to put the blaze out, but it certainly gave fans a memorable experience. No word yet on why the fire started.

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The game will continue after the heated delay. Never a dull moment!

UPDATE: Video of the fire as it smolders.