March 19, 2009

Soccer fan shoots player dead: An Iraqi soccer fan shot dead a player of the opposing team as he tried to score an equalizing goal in the final minutes of a match

posted by bobfoot to other at 12:15 AM - 12 comments

When I said we should use our first round pick for a sniper I was kidding.

posted by bobfoot at 12:17 AM on March 19, 2009

Holy shit is all that comes to my mind with this. I know that this isn't the absolute worst that can happen, but unfortunately a bar has been set yet again. Unfriggin' believable. But then again, not really.

posted by BoKnows at 12:49 AM on March 19, 2009

If they're shooting each other over a football match, instead of over sectarianism, then I suppose that's progress.

/going to hell, express lane

posted by owlhouse at 02:48 AM on March 19, 2009

They're doing it wrong

posted by kokaku at 05:30 AM on March 19, 2009


that's just not right

posted by Fence at 06:17 AM on March 19, 2009

The term "fan" to me is a person who cheers and supports their team during good times and bad, not someone who kills someone on the other team. "Soccer Terrorist" might have been a better headline

posted by gfinsf at 08:10 AM on March 19, 2009

gfinsf - never seen a Glasgow Derby, then?

posted by owlhouse at 08:24 AM on March 19, 2009

owlhouse, Please tell me/us more, don't know it (Galsgow Derby), but while I have heard of a lot of violence in the stands in UK football, never heard of this on the field.

posted by gfinsf at 08:56 AM on March 19, 2009

Just looked it up but would love to hear a first hand experience. Sorry Glasgow Derby

posted by gfinsf at 09:03 AM on March 19, 2009

The term "fan" to me is a person who cheers and supports their team during good times and bad...

Considering that the term "fan" is short for fanatic, this sounds about right.

This is just sad. Violence should play no part in sports but in other countries, soccer is more than a sport, it's almost a religion. I hate to see something like this happen on US soil...I could just imagine:

Marv Albert: And LeBron steals the ball away from Rajon Rondo...he's at full speed on the fast break. He goes up for the jam aaaaannnd Yeee, er...what just happened?!!? LeBron is down!! LeBron is down!! A Celtic fan in the first row just took out King James and he is not getting up! Is that...? Yes, that's Ben Affleck and he just shot LeBron.

Reggie Miller: Ya know Marv, that Affleck is not on my list of great, American actors but man, he sure has a helluva aim!!

posted by BornIcon at 09:22 AM on March 19, 2009

This brings new meaning to "12th Man."

posted by jjzucal at 08:58 PM on March 19, 2009

having some experience with moving targets, that was a helluva shot with a pistol. sign this guy up for the iraqi olympic shooting team.

posted by irunfromclones at 01:25 PM on March 20, 2009

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