Yet another football "riot"

16 January 2009 | 0:00 - By Matthew Hall

Football fans rioted last weekend after their favourite team lost.  

Baseball bats were brandished and burned out cars were smashed to pieces. The yobs, reported to be drunk, laughed as they unleashed destruction outside the stadium.

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I know what you're thinking.

Damn soccer thugs. Can't they just go home quietly? What is it with that round ball game that inspires such crowd violence? Now, if their sport was tough, a real man's game, instead of that namby-pampy soccer business, well, then, there would be no reason to act tough off the field. Oh, and if they had high scoring games, well, no one would leave frustrated at a 0-0 DRAW. Like, what's a game like if no one scores? Right?


Etc, etc, etc.

Well, guess what?

This drunken rampage took place outside Giants Stadium in New Jersey in the United States of America! After an American football game! Following the Philadelphia Eagles somewhat surprise play-off win over reigning champions the New York Giants.

Here's what happened, apparently.

Earlier in the day, in an as yet unexplained but equally bizarre incident, someone drove their Porsche sports car onto some hot coals left lying in the stadium parking lot after a pre-game tailgate party.

Great idea.

The Porsche caught fire and was burned out.

After the game, Giants fans, bummed out at their teams sucky premature exit from the play-offs, went on a rampage smashing up the luxury car and another damaged pick-up truck parked alongside.

Of course, someone videoed the entire episode and it appeared on YouTube. Cue media circus, public outrage, and a police investigation.

Here's the New York Daily News take on the events with accompanying must-see video.  

A favourite line from the rampaging (sort of) fans (that included women):

"Hey, don't hit it towards people, man!"

Another favourite: the idiot in the second video who hurts his foot as he kicks the pick-up truck, while the people filming the incident discuss putting the video online.

All in all, a dumb day out.

Oh, and the score? Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 23-11.  

They really should do something about a sport with such high scores.

It drives fans crazy.


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Comments (9)

21 Jan 2009 17:17 AEST

Tony

From: Leichhardt

$$ on sport

Sport is waste of time... hmmm. Maybe. How about the x billion dollars our Australian government has poured into the Iraq/Afganistan misadventure. Is that a waste of resources? I'd rather have my tax dollars spent on supporting sport as means to a healthy lifestyle for Australians than missiles/tanks etc...

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19 Jan 2009 10:35 AEST

Kurt

From: Melbourne

Poor cringeball fans

Why are you so utterly sensitive and paranoid about any possible criticism of soccer that you post rubbish like this and think it is either clever or funny? I know you think your remarks are satirical and ironic, but really they betray the paranoia of someone deeply insecure about their chosen sport, and desperate to deflect any reasonable criticism of the toxic sub-culture attached to cringeball across the globe.

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18 Jan 2009 9:18 AEST

jbob

From: Arstican

Please

*yawn* That was five guys in a vacant parking lot. Not exactly a riot, but keep on hoping.

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18 Jan 2009 9:09 AEST

wikernes

From: the free world

Well.

I too think that sports is a huge and wasteful way to use the scarce resources people have, but it won't go away as long as bodily strength and competitiveness is a tool far gaining wealth and respect in society. As for the rioting- the world is still too agressive and since lots of people nowadays lack ways to release it, they find other ways. I mean, we are not really constructed to sit in cubicles all day long. imho.

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18 Jan 2009 8:57 AEST

Alan

From: New Fucksville

Thats it?

You think you can equate some idiots in New York smashing a car to euro soccer hooligans? These fans are pretty weak compared to soccer hooligans. First, football fans(hooligans) in the U.S. are not organized. You don't have firms running around beating each other out here, and you don't have nearly the same amount of violence as you would find at an English (10 years ago) or Italian football match. Second, the profanity you hear in videos is nothing like the neo-nazi rhetoric in Europe.

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18 Jan 2009 8:02 AEST

Poophole

From: Salt Lake City

soccerfan...?

"the kicker which is generally a futbol" I have never seen that, please elaborate.

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18 Jan 2009 7:38 AEST

Getalifepeople

From: Toledo

Get a life people

Sports is a waste of time. Take the money put into sports and put it somewhere useful, like education.

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18 Jan 2009 7:24 AEST

soccerfan

From: orlando

Soccer

Please ignore my previous statement. I am an idiot and tend to spew rampant bull from my mouth like all people who take sports too seriously.

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18 Jan 2009 7:17 AEST

soccerfan

From: orlando

Football

Football is lame anyways.. Why is it not called handball or tossball.. You do not play with your feet. The only person who touches the pigskin is the kicker which is generally a futbol(soccer for you inbred meatheads).. I am just happy that smart Americans are finally catching on to the WORLD'S LARGEST SPORT.. Real football a.k.a - SOCCER.. Where the whole game is played with your feet...

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