Eastern Europe Holds A Proper Soccer Riot (Video)

Remember the big deal that was made when David Beckham made his return to LA Galaxy, and the fans were mean, then he challenged one to a fight, and the fan said sure, then the fan got out of his seat, and the two so totally almost fought if they’d been 40 feet closer to each other? That sure was intense, right?

Red Star Rioter
(The face of a man without regret. Err, the exact opposite.)

Feh. Piddling. Of no great import, we say! If you really want to enjoy some fan-based misbehavior, you’re going to have to travel to Europe. And not just any old Europe; we’re talking about Eastern Europe, which is like what would happen if our Rust Belt were constantly fighting itself. You thought rural Ohio was an indefensible dump now, imagine what would happen if it also hosted some good, old-fashioned bombing and ethnic cleansing!

But they still love their soccer. And their alcohol, they love that too. And they also really love anarchy. What could go wrong? Video after the break.

Oh. Oh my. That looks unpleasant.

As THE OFFSIDE notes, these are fans of Red Star Belgrade, one of the rowdiest fan bases on the planet and one of the few to actually set an opponent’s stadium on fire. Hey, speaking of Ohio, they’re peering up at Michigan and getting ideas as we speak.

(No, Buckeye fans. Do not do this. Absolutely not.)

Here, though, they’re laying waste to a restaurant district in Prague. Or, more accurately, they’re being punished for trying to wreck the restaurant, eventually resulting in 150 arrests.

What’s perhaps most incredible about this is that at the infamous stadium torching last spring, only 95 were arrested. So while beer glasses are bad, “other objects” must include things like rocks, knives, medieval maces, AIDS and plutonium. Despite the arrests, only 12 will be charged, coming in at a paltry 8%.

Nice work, Red Star. You stay classy.

Oh, and the club lost 3-0. But the fans are so passionate!