Old lady invades pitch, menacingly scolds security

This elderly woman meant business when she marched onto the pitch at Sporting Braga’s final match of 2013 against fellow Portuguese top flight club Maritimo.

From her intense finger wagging scold to the evil smile as she heads back to the stands, this old lady knew she wouldn’t be touched. You don’t mess with granny.

She might be our favorite soccer hooligan ever.

(Via SB Nation)


Fan to receive lifetime ban after invading pitch, punching goalkeeper

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.

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:


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


Slap sends opponent to the hospital, culprit apologizes

Emotions often boil over in sports, and even more so in games against rivals. But that should never be an excuse to send one of your opponents to the hospital — especially if he is your teammate on the national team.

But that’s what occurred in Ecuador’s version of “el Clasico” between  Barcelona and Emelec. After Barca lost the match, goalkeeper Maximo Banguero slapped Emelec captain Pedro Quinonez in the face, causing his national team colleague to convulse and nearly lose consciousness, according to Emelec officials.

Banguero, who walked away from the crime scene as if nothing transpired, quickly tried to save face with an apology after hearing Quinonez needed to stay a night in the hospital.

"I want to apologise sincerely to Pedro Quinonez, his family, the supporters, everyone," Banguera told a news conference late on Monday. "I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction, I will have to face it."

Barcelona and Emelec both stem from the country’s biggest and most populous city, Guayaquil, and have been at odds with one another for as long as we remember. Sadly, the slap attack is just one of the milder incidents that have marred the derby over the years. In 2006, Barcelona fans caused a massive riot in Emerec’s stadium, leading to 40 injuries and nine arrests. Just a year later, an 11-year-old Emelec fan lost his life after being hit by a flare.


Spanish newspaper calls Wayne Rooney a “hooligan” and “freckled demon”


Just when everyone thinks you couldn’t hype up tomorrow’s Real Madrid - Manchester United clash anymore, leave it to the Spanish media to throw some more logs onto the fire.

The notorious Madrid-based newspaper Marca decided to pick on United and specifically Wayne Rooney a day before the match, branding him a “hooligan” and “freckled demon.” The headline reads: “The Bad Boy-and 5000 of his friends,” referring to the number of United fans expected to wreck havoc in the Spanish capital tomorrow.

If Rooney was for any reason perturbed by this (and why would he?) Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho had some consoling words:

"I didn’t read it," said Mourinho. "I don’t know if it was written in that context, calling him a hooligan, or completely different. But if I can say one thing on behalf of Rooney, I was called worse than that, week by week."