Thursday, May 26, 2011

There Are Things On The Pitch

One of the things that sets soccer apart from the standard sports in America is the crowd atmosphere, often created by the supporter groups of the clubs. Want to experiment this summer? Go to an MLS match one night and an MLB game another night and compare how the fans at an MLS match create the atmosphere while the scoreboard at an MLB game tells fans when to clap and cheer.

Unfortunately, this enthusiasm can get out of hand and a bit dangerous, as seen in some recent incidents in Europe

In Sweden, a match between Malmo FF and Helsingborg on Tuesday was abandoned after either a flare or firecracker was thrown at Helsinborg goal keeper Par Hansson, and then a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked Hansson.

Meanwhile in the Romanian Cup on Wednesday, a firecracker was thrown at Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Elis Bakaj. Steaua Bucharest ended up winning the Cup.

And of course the obligatory David Beckham catching a pitch invader at the Neville Testimonial:

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