There was a problem in Swiss soccer's Super League - the league's two best teams, FC Basel and FC Luzern, were set to face off on the same day national treasure Roger Federer played in the finals of a local tournament in Basel against Novak Djokovic, and the timing of the two events would overlap.
Fortunately, TV executives swiftly dealt with the issue, and moved the start time of the soccer match to 12:45, in order to finish before Federer and Djokovic began play at 3 p.m. How did fans at the Basel/Luzern match respond to this wise decision?
Well, as you can see from the video above, they responded by mercilessly pelting the pitch with tennis balls to protest the time change. The kicker: as soon as all the balls were cleaned up off the field (and look at that video, there were a lot), the fans somehow had enough left over to do the exact same thing again.
Chris Chase at Busted Racquet brings up some good points, such as that fans were protesting a perfectly rational decision, and also: how did they manage to get that many tennis balls into the stadium?
Oh, and Basel and Luzern played to a 1-1 tie (complete with a late equalizer from Basel), while Federer defeated Djokovic. So if the fans hadn't protested, they might have been able to see two pretty good sporting events.
We're all for civil disobedience to combat social injustice, but this just seems like a pretty bizarre thing to protest. If anything, moving that start time led to greater overall fairness. We'll give the ball-throwers credit for effectiveness, but hopefully next time they'll protest a decision that's less...smart.
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