A Real Soccer Rivalry In Jersey? Hooliganism Breaks Out Ahead Of Red Bulls-NYCFC Match (Video)
There's something rather odd about football violence connected to a team that's just been invented -- some of those fans rumbling in the video below support New York City FC, an MLS expansion franchise which did not exist before 2013.
It was the third game of the The Hudson River Derby on Sunday -- and all that means is that it was the third MLS match between NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls, the latter team based in Harrison, NJ, where the match was played. But beforehand, supporters of the respective squads gathered for a little disagreement in front of Bello’s Pub and Grill on Market Street, "a gastropub frequented by the Garden State Ultras, one of the three supporters groups in Red Bull Arena’s South Ward," said the New York Post. "New York City FC fans arrived in or near the pub, and a fracas ensued."
Rob Harris, a UK-based reporter for the Associated Press, shot the video.
In New Jersey and immediately encounter crowd trouble ahead of the New York derby (Red Bulls-City). Video: pic.twitter.com/slY3hYn5aM
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 9, 2015
Soccer hooligans in Jersey? Even though this doesn't nearly rise to the level of soccer violence in Europe, it's still kind of weird. Also weird -- the guy using a large sandwich board as a weapon. Twitter commenters remarked that you can only swing such a thing once, and that the dude would have been much better served using it as a shield. But hey, Americans are new to this ultras hooliganism thing.
Red Bulls fans got the last laugh -- winning the game 2-0, and displaying this pretty amusing Tifo.
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