[ View the story "Big Brother or clever crime fighting? " on Storify] Big Brother or clever crime fighting? Recent riots and clashes have left many fans injured.
Storified by The Stream · Tue, Feb 21 2012 13:02:35
This video shows a fan jogging onto the field in the middle of a football game in Romania between Steaua Bucharest and Petrolul Ploiești and assaulting Steaua's George Galamaz. Galamaz suffered a broken cheekbone and temporarily lost his hearing from the attack. Other Steaua players retaliated by kicking and beating the fan.
Fan hits the football player and than ...bigworld90
After performing poorly in an American football game that knocked his team out of Superbowl contention, San Francisco 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams received death threats and hateful messages on Twitter from fans. This video shows his fumbling the football, one of the plays that drew ire from fans.
Kyle Williams fumbles again to lose game for 49ers vs. Giants 1.22.12mratner22
This video shows a fan hurling a banana at Brasilian footballer Roberto Carlos in the middle of a game in Metallurg Stadium in Samara, Russia in June 2011. Many interpreted the act as a sign of racism.
Racist fan Hurls banana at Roberto Carlos (Samara June 22) HDsexybryan123
Lokomotiv Moscow football fans made this racist banner in reference to Peter Odimwingie, a Soviet-born Nigerian striker for the West Bromwich Albion football club.
Atleast 74 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in a February 1 football match inPort Said, Egypt. The match was between Egyptian Premier League teams Al Masry and Al Ahly. Many politicians and sports officials were quick to blame the military and police for lax security and for allowing the violence to happen.
73 DEAD in Egypt Football pitch Confrontations! (1000 injured)amunrakhnum
After the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins in June 2011, fansrioted in the streets, got into knife fights, overturned and set fire to cars,and vandalised store windows. More than 100 people were injured. This was onlythe third time the Canucks made it to the Finals in their 41-year history. There were also riots the last time the Canuckslost in the finals in 1994.
Fan Fights 7 - Vancouver Riot 2011voiceofvancouver
In October 2004 rowdy fans gathered outside Fenway Park to celebrate the Red Sox’s win over the Yankees in the MLB American League championship to lead them intothe World Series. Between 60 to 80 thousand fans took to the streets to celebrate. Mostwere peacefully celebrating, but others vandalised property and set fires. Acollege student was killed when police fired a projectile to disperse thecrowds. The win ended an 86-year World Series-appearance drought, or whatdie-hard fans called the “curse."
Red Sox Win the World Series Riotyalisharon
TheEuropean Cup finals match in 1985 pitted Italian football club Juventus against EnglishPremier League Liverpool. Fans from both teams hurled projectiles into theothers’ camp and harassed each other prior to the game, which was held in Heysel Stadium in Belgium. Some British football fans then tried to force their way into the Italian fans’ section, corneringthem against a concrete wall. Thirty-nine people died and 600 were injured as the wallcollapsed.
Heysel Stadium Disaster May 29 1985 Part 1magnum1044
After Joe Paterno was fired as head coach of Pennsylvania State University's American football team, students rioted in protest on the streets of their campus. This video shows students turning over a news truck. Paterno, who coached PSU's popular college football team for nearly 46 years, was fired for his lack of action in a child sexual harassment case that occurred under his watch.
Penn State Riots 2011caboose7146
The coach of the Turkish Fenerbahçe football club takes out his aggression on a fan in this video.
Football Fight - Coach KO's a Fanmofjeke
The Facebook administrator for the English Defence League, a far-right street protest movement that evolved from the football casual subculture, posted a status update in February inciting Manchester United fans to react violently against Ajax fans in retaliation for a previous skirmish.
Liverpool footballer Luis Suárez stirred controversy after snubbing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in a customary pre-match handshake in February. Suarez was previously found guilty of uttering racial epithets against Evra during a match in October 2011.
Evra and Suarez handshake MANCHESTER VS LIVERPOOL 11.02.20121586f9
ESPN posted a headline with a racial slur on its mobile site on February 18 with a reference to Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin. Many were outraged that a racial slur was posted on a prominent sports website, whether deliberate or unintentional.
American boxer Floyd Mayweather tweeted several racially charged messages that stirred controversy about the role of a player's race in sports. He claims the media frenzy around Lin is largely due to his race rather than his talent.
Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise.Floyd Mayweather
Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized.Floyd Mayweather
I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up.Floyd Mayweather
@FloydMayweather @Karceno Again, he's in NY, winning games, been cut twice, so yes Asian is part of it but not all of it.RedZone Moss
This photo was shown on the Madison Square Garden Network, New York's local television network that airs Knicks games.
Netizens perceived the photo in different ways and voiced their thoughts on Twitter.
Being half Asian, I'm not offended by Jeremy Lin's head in a fortune cookie, HOWEVER, it brings up a good point: Where do we draw the line?Diana L
Jeremy lin has inspired so much accidental racism... Broken fortune cookie with lin's face is not a good look @msgnetworksDamon Johnson
So some1 made a sign of Jeremy Lins head in a fortune cookie n said Lin is the Knicks good fortune.Apparently the cookie was a racial remarkBrittany Jones
Even tho I used to work w/ some of the good folks at msg media, using a fortune cookie in any relation to Lin was dumb...and racist.Joy G.
Recognising Lin's novelty in the NBA, this tweeter speculates whether racially infused comments will emerge when players of other ethnicities enter the NBA.
Can't wait for an Indian/Pakistani guy to enter the NBA so I can read headlines about spicy stats & him currying favor with his teammates.Kumail Nanjiani