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One can only wonder why this lone, stunned Spurs supporter stayed at the Etihad this long (Image: Reuters)
Poor Spurs …
Fresh off their biggest defeat of the season, a 6-0 smack-down courtesy of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham were mocked by more than one player from North London rivals Arsenal.
Chronic Re-tweeter Emmanuel Frimpong retweeted a pair of exasperating messages during the match, one a (successful) plea to make the defeat even heavier, and the other a harsh evaluation of a particular Spurs player:
Not one to miss an opportunity for some Spurs trash talk (or piano dissing) Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny took to Facebook instead, trolling his rival supporters with this message:
During the match, a whole block of City supporters flashed Tottenham the famous “Heart” sign which Spurs were used to seeing from a certain Gareth Bale:
Talk about rubbing it in. It can’t get much worse for Spurs, who tumbled down to ninth place with the loss and have a goal differential of minus 3. In fact, Sergio Aguero, who scored two goals Sunday, now has one more Premier League goal this season (10) than Tottenham (9).
Spurs fans, if there is one reason to remain optimistic it is this: Manchester United were down in the bottom half of the table only a month ago, but after a streak of six games without a loss, find themselves back in 6th.
League One side Leyton Orient beat Swindon Town 3-1 on Saturday to maintain their lead in the standings, but the story of the match was an ugly incident. During a stoppage of play, a Swindon fan stormed the pitch and threw several punches at Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones.
Reports have since confirmed that the fan was immediately arrested, and Orient’s chief executive Matt Porter said Swindon are set to hand the supporter a life ban from their ground.
Swindon confirm fan who ran on pitch and attacked Jamie was arrested and will be banned for life. We will also press for strongest penalty— Matt Porter (@MattPorter_LOFC)
According to the Daily Mail, the FA will speak to officials from both Swindon and Orient before deciding on whether to take any more action.
A spokesman said: ‘We deplore scenes of this kind and would call for the authorities to take the appropriate actions if allegations of assault are proven.
The spokesman also confirmed the FA would push for a banning order from all grounds.
Following the incident, infuriated O’s manager Russell Slade called for a lifetime ban on all grounds, while Swindon chairman Jed McCrory apologized to Jones and vowed to launch a review of the club’s safety measures.
Pictures of the attack, as well as comments by Orient captain Nathan Clarke are below:
Slade: “It was a fantastic performance soured by what happened. It was the worst I’ve seen as a manager” pic.twitter.com/uGxfghbyij— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
Clarke: “Jamie handled it well and fair play to Swindon, their captain apologised on behalf of them straight away” pic.twitter.com/J1d3vlFooJ— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
Football is nothing without its fans.
That’s the message Barclays, the Premier League’s official sponsor, is reaffirming with a series of videos on their YouTube channel. The videos are dedicated to supporters all around the world and specifically some local heroes. Heroes such as George Forster.
Forster, 87, founded the Sunderland Supporters’ Association back in 1965 and dedicated the last 48 years of his life (and counting) to the Black Cats. Nothing short of a legend around the Stadium of Light, even the players have acknowledged his lengthy service: George is an honorary member of the Sunderland Former Players Association - the only non-player to hold such an honor, according to Barclays Football’s official Facebook page.
"People like George, they are football, they are the real fans, they are the football club” said his grandson, Lee Redford.
Image: Facebook/Barclays Football
There are stories like Forster’s all around the Premier League, and it’s important to show our appreciation to these men who dedicate their lives to their club, to their passion. Aptly labeled with the #YouAreFootball hashtag, we encourage you to watch the rest of the Premier League’s original videos on their YouTube channel!
Any American over-enthusiasm for my first major Premier League match had to be immediately hidden by the slightly disgruntled grimace one adopts when jammed ear to ear into an Underground train. I had taken a studious approach to dressing — wear all black and then piece together your pitch-side outfit from the team shop when you get to the grounds. I had been joking beforehand that I would go full kit, but figured I’d buy a hat and maybe a shirt. Past experience has proven there is nothing colder than soccer stadiums during the UK in winter, so the extra layers wouldn’t be a burden.
One hour later and many pounds lighter (in money, not weight), I had a hat, three pairs of socks, shorts, a retro jacket and a Cup-font away jersey with my name custom printed on the back. I’ve been trying not to let my head perform the currency conversion ever since, but, hey, I crossed an ocean to get here. Sometimes you gotta let the pence fall where they may.
This lad in front of me clearly enjoys Jack Links beef jerky.
The “fiery” rivalry between Serbian clubs Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade is considered by many to be one of the most intense in the world, if not the most. The latest edition of the “Eternal Derby” more than lived up to the billing.
With home side Red Star up 1-0 early in the second half, Partizan fans began throwing flares on the pitch. OK, pretty standard rivalry etiquette so far. But then, the supporters began lighting several fires in their own cheering section.
More and more fires started in the away section, and before long the referee had to stop play until smoke cleared the stadium. Fire trucks were brought in to quell the flames, before the match could restart.
Despite all of their fans’ efforts, Partizan still lost to Red Star. And they probably deserved that.
The highly-anticipated Revierderby between historic rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 was delayed after the away fans set off a series of flares prior to kick-off. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller ran over to the away section but had little luck calming down his fans, instead getting more flares thrown his way.
Unperturbed on the field, Dortmund took apart Schalke 3-1 to exact sweet revenge for last season, when the Royal Blues pulled the double on Dortmund with two 2-1 victories. This time around, the Bundesliga’s most historic derby underscored Dortmund’s terrific form at the moment and saw them reclaim authority in the region.
Strikes from Patrick Aubameyang, Nuri Sahin and Kuba Blaszczykowski proved the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who didn’t enjoy as much possession as the hosts but were more clinical in front of goal. Sahin’s goal was by far the best of the bunch, as he turned back the clock to his pre-Real Madrid, pre-Liverpool days when he was the Bundesliga’s best player in 2010:
Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich, who won at Berlin, while widening the gap on their rivals to 11 points. Schalke fell to sixth place in the standings.
You could see how much the derby spoils meant to the BVB players, as Lewandowski posted this to his Instagram after the match from the dressing room:
One of the lighter moments of the match came on the touchline as Klopp, everyone’s darling, volleyed a ball going out of bounds and inadvertently struck the head of the fourth official:
Video H/T 101GG
Maryland’s men’s soccer team has some of the best fans in the country, and it’s not hard to see why. Friday’s game against Duke was seen by a record-breaking attendance of 8,397 at Ludwig Field, and things got so rowdy, a part of the stands collapsed!
Tonight we broke things at Ludwig field. Attendance records, whole bleachers, and Duke spirits. A great night with @MarylandMSoccer.— Nick Leimbach (@nleimbach)
It doesn’t appear there were any serious injuries, other than to the bleachers, of course. A lot of credit goes to the entire UMD Crew, who continued chanting and singing entirely unperturbed, as if they hadn’t just seen their friends go down like they were in Disney’s Tower of Terror.
This is why you can’t have nice things, Maryland.
Fans of Estonian fourth-tier side Tartu JK Welco Elekter pulled out all the stops for their club’s season opener, greeting the players with a thunderous welcome that they’re most likely not used to.
Using flares, flags, firecrackers, a tifo (if you can call it that) and — best of all, the bone-chilling theme music from 2001: A Space Odyssey — the fans provided Welco with an atmosphere as bizarre as Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs.
No word on whether or not the thrilling support ended up in a Welco win or not.
(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)