West Ham supporters demonstrate the correct way to behave abroad
Fans incapacitated with silly string, according to picture below
In preparation for Thursday’s match against the MLS all-stars, West Ham somehow found themselves in Columbus, Ohio for a friendly against The Crew. Things were going well yesterday, until shortly after half time, when Hammers fans decided to unfurl a banner reading “ICF [Inner City Firm], 30 Years Undefeated.” Then it all done gone kicked off man:
A halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred an exhibition match Sunday between West Ham United of the English Premier League club and the MLS’ Columbus Crew.
The fights, which overshadowed West Ham United’s 3-1 win, began when a handful of West Ham supporters, some wearing the team’s claret and blue colors, entered the northeast corner of the stadium where the Crew’s most boisterous supporters typically gather.
Crew supporters began directing chants toward the rival fans, and fights quickly broke out between more than 100 Crew fans and at least 30 West Ham fans. Columbus police officers and Crew Stadium security staff eventually separated the groups.
At first glance, it looks as if East London’s finest have been mixin’ it up with their fists in the Midwest without just cause. However it seems that most Americans’ impression of the club has been gained from Green Street, and they were hellbent on goading them for it. A Big Soccer blogger writes:
”HSH (Harley Street Hooligans) wanted a fight. They had a banner saying “where’s Elijah Wood?” They chanted ******** West Ham and they threw stuff at West Ham’s players.” I don’t see how this wasn’t expected?”
Another blogger, who possibly wishes to be in the Village People, adds:
The many West Ham fans that came to Columbus, cheered loudly and supported your team to a great win over our Crew: well done. You represented your club loudly and proudly. Thanks for coming and we would love to have you back anytime.
To the hooligan-wannabe douchebags that came to Columbus only to cause trouble with our supporters: I hope you’re enjoying your jail cell right now. And before someone retorts with the “That’s just the way we support our team over here in England,” I was told by stadium security that every one of the people arrested this evening at the stadium is an American.”
So which set of fans is really to blame for all this mess? Why do you never see baby pigeons? If a gay couple are getting married, do they go to the same stag do? So many questions, so little time…