Least surprising story of the week

From the BBC

Five Manchester United fans, including a 16-year-old boy, have been stabbed ahead of the club’s game against Roma. Violence erupted between a group of 50 rival fans on a bridge near the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Police used two baton charges to disperse the fans and arrested two British nationals. The last time the two teams met in April, 11 fans were taken to hospital after violence in the stadium. The stab injuries are not said to be serious. Consular officials are at the hospital where the 16-year-old is being treated because of a duty of care given his age. A Foreign Office spokesman said the situation outside and inside the stadium was “calm.” He said: “It appears there was trouble outside the stadium. “A number of British fans were injured and two British nationals have been arrested. “Our consular officials are on the way to the hospital to check on conditions, the numbers involved and whether anyone needs assistance. “The situation is now said to be calm both outside and inside the stadium.”

So, in summary:

  • Roma fans stab visiting supporters
  • Per usual, they are crap at stabbing because that would required getting close enough to be battered
  • The Italian police step in and bash the visiting supporters and arrest a couple for good measure

I’m not a ManU fan, and yet I find this a sadly predictable state of affairs.


2 Responses

  1. Funny, I thought the least surprising story of the week was this:


    That’s six, count ’em, SIX Liverpool players robbed in the last 18 months by their own fans when they are off playing away matches. That hupcaps song may need to be updated.

    BTW, if I could afford a 10,000 pound watch as a xmas gift for my spouse, I think I’d hire a goon or two as private security at my 3 million pound estate…

  2. I saw that later on, Kanu, and I didn’t have the heart to pursue it – like shooting fish in a barrel.

    As for the idea of hiring some goon to keep an eye on the estate, entertaining, but could you really be sure that they weren’t casing the joint as well?

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