October 19th, 2014

100% marcelo

Football and Politics, Oil and Water - more similar than you think (Ligue 1)

Tensions were so high between SC Bastia – a club located on the island of Corsica – and Nice, that away fans weren’t allowed at Allianz Riviera when Bastia came to visit. In fact, even clothing bearing Bastia’s colors were banned as well.

Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, formerly an Italian territory now belonging to France.

So when Bastia won 1-0 on Saturday, reserve goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca decided to whip out a Corsican flag at the full-time whistle (pictured, above)and the home fans didn’t take kindly. Nice captain Didier Digard apparently tried to stop Leca, but to no avail.

About 100 fans rushed the pitch and violence ensued, with security barely able to keep fans at bay. Police had to escort the Bastia players into the locker rooms, which they thankfully did before any reported injuries occurred.

Twelve fans were arrested, and four were placed in a drunk tank overnight, according to French publication Le Monde. Police said an investigation was under way and would utilize security camera footage to figure out where fans came from and who was on the pitch.

President of the French league Federic Thiriez said it was “everything that we don’t want to see in football,” and that there would be “inevitable sanctions” for the clubs.

The incident came on the heels of fan violence on the pitch at a Euro 2015 qualifying match Serbia and Albania after a flag was displayed. In both these incidents, away fans were not allowed at the match due to fears of violence, but it didn’t halt incidents taking place.

This is also not the first time fans got violent at Allianz Riviera, with Nice and St. Etienne supporters clashing after away fans scaled a barrier between the supporter sections. It has raised questions about the safety of the stadium with France hosting Euro 2016.

pictures at the source.


Unlike the Serbia - Albania match, this was started because of a player and not a fan. I can't even begin to comment on the long history between Corsica and France (I know of it, but I don't feel comfortable speaking on it), but well... This is a touchy subject, so I hope I don't come across as harsh or not being sympathetic. I don't agree with Leca's actions. I understand, as much as I can as an outsider, the want to make his stance known - and by all means he has every right! - but I don't agree with the stage he chose. Atlhough I'm sure that was the point. Situations like this never end well, and had the police not been able to contain the fans it could have been much worse.

Curious as to what kind of sanctions LFP will hand out for SC Bastia specifically. Not too long ago they were in the news when their forward Brandão got too excited and tried to kiss Thiago Motta's nose and broke it.


GAME WEEKEND #8! (Contd.)

Fixtures for Saturday, October 18:

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As you can see, the Atletico match has already started.

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All timings are BST.





Have a good Sunday all!
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An interview with Balotelli: The simple life

We meet Mario Balotelli at a studio on the outskirts of Milan city centre. He is there to take part in a shoot for his sponsors, Puma, but it is a quiet morning and the usual chaos surrounding a high-profile footballer is strangely absent.

The place is hardly empty – agent, brand representative, stylist, make-up artist, videographer, photographer and various assistants – but the radio is on, the mood is relaxed and the man himself is an exemplar of calm.

The youngest member of the crew is a boy of seven or eight: the son of one of the ensemble described above. He has already requested (and been granted) a selfie of himself with one of his footballing heroes and a signed shirt, when his father sends him Balotelli’s way with one more item to be marked. “Ca fait trop!” protests the child, in French. Too much!

He need not have worried. The Liverpool and Italy forward, fresh from being dropped by both club and country, is more than happy to oblige.

Every morning, when I wake up, I think that maybe yesterday people are speaking bad things about me,” says Balotelli in an exclusive interview with Sport. “But then I see kids coming up to me, like today, and I think I’m not doing that bad. I could do better – of course, I could do way better – but kids are natural, they are honest. If they look at you and don’t like you, they don’t come up to you.

“So if I see them always coming up to me, then it means I can’t be that bad, either as a footballer or a person. When kids stop asking for my autograph or a picture or whatever, then maybe I will start to think that I need to change something about myself. This is why I love kids. And dogs.

​“If I say kiss, then she kisses me,” says Balotelli of Lucky, the labrador-pitbull cross that brings a smile to his face before he even mentions her. Lucky lives in Italy with Balotelli’s foster parents – who first took him in at the age of three – and another dog, Tyson the rottweiler. Thoughts of home, and those who reside there, inspire an air of contentment in a character not traditionally associated with it.

“Of course I miss my family and friends in Italy,” he says. “But when I go back, I spend hours talking with my parents. Then I visit my friends and we do normal stuff – you know, playing PlayStation and ping pong. Then I pick up my dogs and we go for a walk.

“They are really clever, my dogs. Lucky is unbelievable – when you look into her face, it is like you are with a real person. When I speak, she listens. I only have to say things one time. If I ask her for her paw, she gives it to me. I ask her to sit, she sits; I say she can run, she runs. Everything I ask her to do, she does.”

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I tried to bold interesting parts for the TL/DR crowd and ended up bolding half of the article, lol. Toughts on Balotelli? Admittedly, I have a soft spot for him no matter the stupid/immature things he has done and I really want him to do well. I feel so bad for him right now, as things at Liverpool just don't seem to be working for him and he sounds really stressed about it. :(