Irish fans swarm a Hungarian reporter on LIVE TV. [YouTube Screenshot]
North America is by no means immune to sports-related violence. The 2011 Stanley Cup Riots (which occurred exactly 5 years ago today, coincidentally) is still an embarrassing moment in Canada’s recent history. But sports hooliganism seems far less rampant here than in certain other parts of the world… And that could have something to do with the fact that soccer isn’t nearly as popular here as it is virtually everywhere else in the world.
I totally understand supporting and defending your favourite team, but I do NOT understand why people get violent in the name of sports.
The UEFA Euro 2016 Championship is currently happening in France, and just this past weekend, riots broke out between English and Russian fans both before AND after the 1-1 draw between the nations.
I mean, it doesn’t help when Russian soccer officials continue to encourage fighting… But I can’t help but think that all soccer fans around the world could learn a thing or two from the Irish fans in attendance at Euro 2016. Obviously I’m not there, so I can’t judge for myself… But all accounts I’ve seen or read so far say that they’re a good bunch of people who just want to “drink beer and have a laugh.”
There’s a few pretty entertaining videos that have surfaced of the Irish fans having a great time at Euro 2016… Like when Irish and Swedish fans put aside their differences before the Ireland-Sweden match on Monday to have an ABBA singalong together!
— Eoghan Doherty (@dohertyeoghan) June 13, 2016
And after the game ended in a 1-1 draw, the Irish fans started this “friendly” chant toward their Swedish counterparts:
At one point, they also interrupted one Hungarian reporter’s live report from the championships, and got him in on the party… On live TV, as you can hear him say:
I can barely make it a few seconds into that video without cracking up. And while the English blokes are duking it out in the streets with police officers, the Irish fellas are at the bar, having a pint and making fun of those fighting while in the background of a TV segment.
I love how the other guys there just cover up their faces. I can’t tell if it’s out of embarrassment or amusement… Except for the guy who covers his face with his drink… then proceeds to take a swig from ANOTHER drink. Apparently in Ireland they call that “Dublin’ up.”
Another fun thing from Euro 2016 that doesn’t have anything to do with the Irish is, well… The size of the elevators. This video of a couple German guys getting into a tiny elevator has been making the rounds on the internet. Imagine how claustrophobic you’d feel if you were crammed in here!
Though one commenter on YouTube did mention how that’s apparently an elevator that’s meant to carry your luggage up for you – not people.
So I guess that’s another fun thing about travelling to different countries for big events like this: Learning about that particular hotel setups…
Here’s hoping for a violence-free rest of Euro 2016, though sadly I don’t think that’ll be the case.