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Problems in Uruguay

Uruguay has shut down the domestic league after "supporters of Danubio and Nacional invaded the pitch, beating each other with iron rods and corner flags." Nice.

Read this story, watch the video:


By Steve Goff  |  November 18, 2008; 7:49 PM ET
Categories:  World  
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Probably not good publicity for the sport . . .

but since we're all a bunch of hooligan, commie- sympathizing foreigners anyhow .. . not going to make too much difference.

I would ask that the Columbus supporters group known as the Hudson Street Hooligans rethink their name . . .

Posted by: delantero | November 18, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

yikes..although it would be fun to smack around some the Fire fans..joking!!!

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | November 18, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Complete and utter jerk-offs. Look, morons, it's a game, that's all. It's not about your "manhood", your family or anything else of any consequence. Jeebus, when you see stuff like that, you wonder how we got so far with so little.

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 18, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

They should take a long time to consider restarting the league...and it should be a lot longer before fans of either team are allowed to attend games.

Posted by: fischy | November 18, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

classic fight...here is what it looks like using a super nintendo controller..

Double tap left or right (in direction of opponent)-charge
B-jump
L-high kick
While landing..
quickly tap A-weak punch

succession
X-medium punch (left)
Y-medium punch (right)

Double tap left or right-run away

press down + A-pick up item

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 18, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

has any one read the blog interview with Garber in the NY times...

Im sorry if anyone doesnt agree with or not..but Garber is an a**hole...his response to the playoff question..
"It’s a great story, and we need great stories. We need our fans to believe that the playoffs matter, that you can be an underdog and have a great series against Houston, against Real Salt Lake and get into the championship game so fans stay interested during the most competitive part of the sports season in the U.S. Why isthat bad? If the more traditional soccer fan wants us to be like the English Premier League, I’ve got news for them — this is not England and we’re not the E.P.L.; and they remind us of that all the time. We have to manage our business in a way that is about growing the league in the U.S. That’s where we live, that’s where our teams play and that is the core of M.L.S. Is somebody going to tell people in Columbus that is has not been exciting, or tell Red Bulls or Salt Lake fans? Sure it’s a disappointment in Houston, but it remains a great story. These are the things that drive interest in sport. We need those stories, we need someone pointing to Red Bulls as being a success after all these years.

To think that we are the only soccer league that has playoffs is just silly. Maybe no leagues in Europe do, but you’ve got Australia, Mexico, Chile and some others. If just ending the season after the last game was the perfect model for sports every American sports league would do it. The only reason European leagues can do it is because of promotion and relegation. Without that fear of relegation and the relegation race, aren’t so many league races in Europe anticlimactic?"

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 18, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 18, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

You get 500 points if you kick someone when on all fours on the ground after getting beaten on by a gang of people. (sigh)

On a serious note... it will eventually happen in MLS one day if this league ever gets two big group of ultras too close to each other. Why will it happen? Its simple, alcohol, someone said something terrible about your favorite team, their colors, and the town where you are from. Hey I am from (B) town go back to your (A) town!!!

What did you say to me you (B) person?

You heard me go back to your (A) hole in the ground.

(punches thrown, buddy tries to defend buddy, some other drunk bastard thinks its funny to get into the mix, total chaos)

Argentina and Uruguay, are almost one and the same, are complete and total fanatics of the game. Soccer moms? HAHA none there. These are mostly men who have followed their home town team since birth and those leagues also have an element of organized crime involved in the stadiums.

Although MLS is FAR FAR away from being Argentina I read that a handful of Chicago Fire fans were throwing batteries at Columbus Crew fans in Crew stadium and a little girl got hit by on in the head. That kind of incident could start a riot anywhere as an enraged father would lash out easily at anyone from the opposing side.

Posted by: elfelixg | November 19, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Graber quote, he kind of has a point. Without promotion / relegation there is not as much excitement around the end of the season. I am not saying I agree 100% with him, but he does have a point.

On a side note, I keep thinking it would be cool if baseball adopted promotion / relegation. They already have the league structure to do it, and it would add excitment to the game. I might even take interest in the sport again. Maybe.

Posted by: DCU4LIFE | November 19, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This has been one of the worst years for violence in soccer in Uruguay. In some ways this was not even the worst of what's happened so far (e.g. about a month ago fans almost killed one of the best known sports reporters in Uruguay because they didn't like his criticism of violent fans). The problem comes from several fronts. The BBC report was inaccurate in that it took 100 policemen to stop the fight. Even though there were at least 200 officers at the game, none of them intervened. Some fans cut a hole through one of the fences at halftime, yet no police were placed there to prevent them invading the pitch. Once the game ended fans of Nacional entered the pitch and took a Danubio flag, which was an invitation to fight with fans of Danubio. Then, you see what happened. In addition to the police doing nothing, the teams continue to give free tickets to these violent fans and refuse to identify them so they can be denied entry into games. It's really sad.

Posted by: JPHT | November 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a Garber fanboy, but I've got to say he's got a great point. If MLS doesn't have relegation, then just fighting for the Supporter's Sheild isn't enough. NY had no chance at getting the SS, so they could've trotted out all the reserves to gear up for next year. As it is, they played with conviction (as much as I hate to admit NYRB did anything well) and have made it to the Cup. If MLS/USL won't develop a relegation system, which will be all but impossible with the current ownership setup, then playoffs may be the only thing keeping the league competitive in the last half of the season.

Posted by: DrBeaker | November 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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