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Hooliganism on our shores: About damn time

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Football_Bat, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Well, not the racial slur part, of course ...

    Fans clash as West Ham United beats Crew 3-1
    Eds: INSERTS new 5th graf with earlier incident. West Ham United 3, Crew 1.
    AP Photo OHCOL101

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred an exhibition match Sunday between West Ham United of the English Premier League club and the MLS’ Columbus Crew.
    The fights, which overshadowed West Ham United’s 3-1 win, began when a handful of West Ham supporters, some wearing the team’s claret and blue colors, entered the northeast corner of the stadium where the Crew’s most boisterous supporters typically gather.
    Crew supporters began directing chants toward the rival fans, and fights quickly broke out between more than 100 Crew fans and at least 30 West Ham fans. Columbus police officers and Crew Stadium security staff eventually separated the groups.
    Highway Patrol officers arrested one fan outside the stadium for disorderly conduct, Patrol spokeswoman Anne Ralston said. A dispatcher didn’t know whether Columbus police had made any arrests inside the stadium.
    This is the second incident Crew fans have been involved in this season. As New England celebrated its winning goal at Columbus on May 24, a fan shouted a racial slur at Revolution forward Kheli Dube, who scored in the 89th minute. Dube is black. The incident prompted a league investigation, with MLS commissioner Don Garber saying that the fan will be banned from league games for life if officials were able to identify him from a video that captured it.
    West Ham forward Dean Ashton scored the game’s first goal, a blistering low shot that flew past Andy Gruenebaum in the sixth minute.
    Forward Jason Garey put Columbus on the scoreboard in the 20th minute, leaping to head home a bending crossing pass from Cory Elenio.
    Crew midfielder Brad Evans inadvertently doubled West Ham’s advantage by scoring into his own goal in the 26th minute. Kyle Reid completed the scoring for West Ham with a close-range goal in the 53rd minute.
    “It was a terrific game for us. We needed that sort of a workout,” West Ham manager Alan Curbishley said. “We took the MLS game because we wanted to come to America. We wanted to show people what we’re about.”
  2. So is this milestone up there with the first terrorist attack on American soil?

    Ain't anyone checking passports?
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Even our soccer hooligans suck compared to the real thing. Fucking amateurs.
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Give us 20 years. We'll be world-class yobs.
  5. Hell, we have guns. If we gave a damn about soccer, we'd have the record for most deaths by next game.

    Unfortunately, Americans just don't give a damn about soccer.
  6. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    This is disappointing. I was hoping for rioting of some sort.
  7. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    They would have had a full-scale riot, if the rest of the crowd didn't fall asleep by halftime.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I blame... whaddya know.. soccer.
  9. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Although it seems Columbus' fans started it, West Ham is famous for its hooligan firms, so it's not much of a surprise. Although I'd expect that the more volatile fans probably didn't make the trip to the U.S. for a preseason tour.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    You obviously haven't seen Red Sox fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium or the fans in the formerly colored blue seats at Madison Square Garden ;)
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I thought that said, "dude is black."
  12. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    West Ham's hooliganism is the subject of the movie Green Street Hooligans. Movie claims West Ham's firm is among the best, despite its shit football.
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