At what point does this stop being "just dumb kids having fun" and start getting dangerous?
Real Madrid-Roma In Dallas Fell Victim To A Massive Pitch Invasion
Real Madrid and Roma played a preseason friendly at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas last night, and at one point, there were more invaders on the pitch than there were players.
With about five minutes remaining, a trickle of fans turned into a flood—about 20 people ran onto the pitch in attempts to get near the benches, make political statements, take photos with players, or even just to not feel left out. The players seemed patient, if wary—though they should not have been encouraging this sort of thing by signing autographs and posing for selfies, as some did.
In all, a pretty disgraceful showing from the fans and from security, but it made for some crazy videos.
There are 10 types of people-- those who understand binary, and those who don't.
After a few words of the broadcast, I recognized that this was the Italian broadcast team. Even they weren't too upset at this; it amused them in some places. 'Now a girl. And another girl. A small boy has arrived.'
I don't want happiness by halves, nor is half of sorrow what I want. Yet there's a pillow I would share, where gently pressed against a cheek like a helpless star, a falling star, a ring glimmers on the finger of a hand.
"This is a really weird game, and you’ll find that most people will not want to play this."
I am ashamed to be an American.
Our soccer hooligans are bigger pussies than a run of the mill French soccer hooligan.
In their defense: They appear to be half the age of the average European soccer hooligan. Which might make them more brave. I expect young people to do dumb things. Unlike adult Euro-hooligans who should probably know better.
I was present for that fiasco at the Cotton Bowl (which though not currently an MSL stadium, it's where FC Dallas first played back in '96 when they started in the league as the Dallas Burn).
At first several youths simply took advantage of the lax security protocol for the match. Then, embolden by watching others run around midfield and even return to their seats without ever being stopped by security, many more joined those on the pitch. The uniformed officers present were obviously understaffed in handling the situation effectively. For the first few minutes youths largely had free reign to run among the players as officers attempted to station themselves around the perimeter to halt further fan encroachment. While youths asked for autographs and hugs or snapped pictures with the players, there seemed to be more concern for protecting Ronaldo from adoring fans that tried making their way towards his bench. That was where the most forceful attempts at stopping fans could be seen.
Even though the hooliganism the youths displayed appeared mostly nonthreatening, the security on hand were clearly overwhelmed. If it had turned ugly, I don't think they would have been prepared for it.