May 16, 2021

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Games that were discontinued due to fan protests


Hearing fans about the voices of their disappointments is nothing new in football, but rarely do these protests escalate to such an extent that matches must be stopped.

Over the years, however, we have seen a handful of matches abandoned due to a number of things, from sitting protesters to all-out fights, ranging from funny to downright scary.

Here’s a look at some of the most notable examples of protests forcing games to end.

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Slavia fans violated their semifinal for the cup Thomas Eisenhut / Getty images

1,500 Slavia fans stormed the field before their 2011 semi-final cup match with Olomouc to protest the club’s uncontrollable debts, but they were persuaded to leave and let the game go on by a bunch of desperate players.

45 minutes later the fans returned.

When both teams came out at halftime, supporters rushed to the center circle, chanting “We want the truth. Long live Slavia ‘. There have been reports of clashes with police for special forces, damaged equipment and even an attempted attack on club director Miroslav Platil.

Not surprisingly, both teams did not come out of the tunnel in the second half.

A contender for the worst reason to protest right here.

Deportivo Tachira of Venezuela chose to remove her normal black and yellow home jersey in favor of wearing a pink jersey in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2012, but some Neanderthal fans decided this was unacceptable.

Not a small group of fans rushed on the field in the 40th minute, chanting the national anthem (of course) and waving the normal home shirt of the club in the faces of stunned players.

When the fans refused to leave the field, the game had to be abandoned.

After being in the Premier League just four years earlier, Blackpool fans decided they had seen enough of their owners, the Oyston family, as the club discontinued the football league.

Fans had set off fireworks and eggs on the pitch at a meeting with Reading in April 2015, but a few weeks later they raised their protest to a new level.

At the bottom of the league, when Huddersfield came to town, a group of 2,000 fans protested against Oyston before the game and hundreds supported things after the opening kick, invading the pitch in the 48th minute and refusing to leave.

The group stayed there for more than an hour, partying in the Congo while urging Easton to leave, and there were even fans pulling donuts on mobility scooters.

Here’s a weird one.

Leyton Orient fans stormed the pitch in late April at a meeting with Colchester for a sit-in protest against the property of Francesco Becketti, who was overseeing the fall of the National League, which put Orient on the brink of extinction.

When fans refused to leave, both Orient and EFL announced that the game was abandoned, but in fact it was just a trick to get all the fans to leave.

After the stadium was empty, both teams returned to finish things. Really smart, really.

Santos’ Copa Libertadores draw with the Independiente in August 2018 also cast a strange story.

Both teams finished 0-0 in the first match, but just hours before the start of the second match, it was reported that Independiente had won 3-0 from the first match, as Santos used an unsuitable player. It has been established that midfielder Carlos Sanchez is still under a ban he took with River Plate in 2015, although the CONMEBOL system has not shown any bans before.

Santos was penalized with a 3-0 loss and the fans were incensed. They clashed with police before the match and smuggled fireworks into the stadium to shoot the Independiente players.

Grenades were thrown and police began beating protesters with batons, so the tie was eventually lifted.

The Swiss Grasshoppers handled more than a fair share of the protests.

The 2018/19 season was filled with excitement from fans for Grasshoppers. They were in the Champions League four years earlier and in the Europa League in 2016/17, but this time they were on the verge of relegation and the fans did not have it.

Mart’s match with Zion was due to be abandoned after fans threw fireworks on the pitch, but things got very bad a few months later when local rival Zurich came to town.

After the Grasshoppers fell 4-0, the fans threatened to invade the field and eventually managed to drive out the team, demanding to hand over their shirts because they were not fit to wear them.

The shirts were offered out of fear, and it’s no surprise that the Grasshoppers eventually dropped out.

Bayern Munich’s trip to Hoffenheim was not actually abandoned due to a protest, but it may have been.

Later in the game with their team with 6: 0, Bayern fans unveiled a banner criticizing the owner of Hoffenheim Dietmar Hop, condemning him as the “son of a fool” for trying to break the German 50 + 1 system.

The protest upset the players, who agreed to leave the field when Bayern fans did not remove their banner.

Eventually, both teams returned, but flatly refused to play, instead of kicking the ball to each other for the remaining 13 minutes.

After weeks of peaceful protests, Marseille fans chose to storm the team’s training ground in January 2021 to express their disappointment with the club’s ownership and recent form, but things quickly turned ugly.

Defender Alvaro was eventually beaten and robbed by fans, who eventually began throwing their hands at police officers who were called in to try to break things up.

Twenty-five of the 300 fans involved were eventually arrested, and with so much chaos, it was decided that the game with Wren later in the day simply could not continue.

The sight of Manchester United fans protesting against the club’s owners, the Glazers, is nothing new. Supporters have a long list of reasons to be disappointed with American owners.

Their anger erupted in May 2021, shortly after it was revealed that the Glazers had played a significant role in trying to shape the Super League and arrange their own pockets at the expense of the entire sport.

Hours before the meeting with Liverpool, the fans arrived at the United stadium to protest and block the departure of the team’s coach before going to Old Trafford to support the party. Hundreds of supporters even stormed the stadium and occupied the field, urging the Glazers to leave.

Everything seemed peaceful, but on the outside, violent clashes with police left local authorities with no choice but to postpone the game.

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