Disgusting proof soccer hooligans have gone too far
A group of Danish soccer hooligans opted for furry ammunition at Monday s Copenhagen Derby. Brondby supporters found a way to sneak dead rats into Copenhagen s home stadium, then launched the beasts onto the field late in the second half as Copenhagen s Ludwig Augustinsson was preparing to take a corner kick. Augustinsson solicited the help of a teammate and the two kicked the rats off the field in disgust before resuming play. A security guard found a surprise of his own on the field, grabbing the lifeless rat by its tail and discarding it near the stands.
The animal attack wasn t enough to knock Copenhagen off its game. The home team secured the 1-0 victory soon after the rat incident and earned a 12-point advantage at the top of the league standings. Games between Brondby and Copenhagen, two of the most storied clubs in the top Danish league and fierce crosstown rivals, typically attract hordes of passionate and unruly fans from the two cities, which are just 7 miles apart.
Monday s incident added to a violent week in the wild world of soccer.
Fan violence delayed the Bastia-Lyon kickoff last Thursday for 55 minutes in the French league after local fans invaded the pitch and attacked opposition players. Swiss police say fans of a rival club attacked the team bus of second-division Servette on Saturday as it headed home from an away match. The team s two drivers were injured by broken glass.
The most jarring attack last week occurred when elite club Borussia Dortmund s bus was hit with three explosions Tuesday on its way to a Champions League game against Monaco. Goalkeeper Roman Buerki, who was sitting next to the one player injured in the assault, defender Marc Bartra, said recently he s still having trouble sleeping.