Fans Brawl in Stands During Friendly Between Honduras and El Salvador at RFK Stadium (Video)
This past Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., the national soccer teams from Honduras and El Salvador played what soccer folk call an “international friendly” (i.e., an exhibition match) as a warmup before next week’s semifinal round of World Cup 2014 qualifying.
However, it seems that someone failed to tell the 41,780 people in attendance about this “friendly” business, because they all showed up dressed head-to-toe in blue and white, full of beer, and ready to rumble. And sure enough, it didn’t take long for a fight to break out.
The fracas, caught on someone’s cell phone and uploaded to YouTube, goes on for several minutes while the game is being played in the background, yet not one member of the security staff makes an appearance. I guess they figured, “hey, let ’em work it out themselves. It’s just a soccer game. What’s the worst that could happen?”
Luckily things never get too out of hand, as the two sides do appear to work it out for themselves.
Still, I think the security at RFK has some explaining to do. It’s not like this kind of thing wasn’t predictable. Honduras and El Salvador have an intense national rivalry which they call “The Soccer War,” dating back to a three-game series played in 1969. So you think they might have had a few extra security people on hand, ready to squash any fan squabbles? Guess not.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]