September 18, 2006

Confrontations between police and fans stopped the game 20 seconds into the final quarter. : It hits the fan during Game 2 of the Serbia-Montenegro League Finals, shown in a haunting 7-minute YouTube clip. Henry Abbott's got more.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 06:39 PM - 4 comments

Oooh, that's scary! I wish I could tell more about what was going on. Why were the cops even there in the first place? I about freaked out when the cops all started rushing the fans in the stands and beating the hell out of them.

posted by ShortyLongstrokin at 06:30 AM on September 19, 2006

Not knowing the language, I chose to interpret the crowd yells as "we've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how 'bout you?" The entire crowd at that game appears to be men from 18-35, aside from one woman at the end attending to a fallen fan. Watching it, I'm amazed so few people had the sense to leave before it got any uglier. That may be the largest group I've ever seen competing for a Darwin Award.

posted by rcade at 07:50 AM on September 19, 2006

The Henry Abbott link says the chants translate to "Go to Kosovo". The reader comments on that truehoop link might be just as scary as the video.

posted by SummersEve at 07:57 AM on September 19, 2006

There's a great chapter in this book that explains all the history going on over there, and how incidents like this are, sadly, unsurprising. (And no, that's not an affiliate link I might add. But it IS a great book.)

posted by Drood at 01:06 PM on September 19, 2006

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