Dynamo Moscow fans attack their own players with paintball guns at training
Fans of Dynamo Moscow are not happy about the club‘s recent performances so they decided to do something about it. Something bad.
Fans of teams all over the world get fed up with their teams from time to time. They take out their frustration in various ways; booing, fan forums, maybe even the odd bit of graffiti near the stadium.
But the lads in Russia have taken it up a notch, and a notch too far at that. With Dynamo Moscow sitting a lowly 13th in the Russian table (that’s in the relegation zone) a bunch of fans turned up at training today to let the players know how they felt. But rather than unfurl a banner or shout abuse, the brought paintball guns and fired them at the players.
According to ESPN, who carry reports from Russian site R-Sport, the fans were good shots and several players were hit. And if you have ever been paintballing, you will know it can hurt a little. One of the players, midfielder Alan Gatagov, said he was considering legal action over the attack.
"Words fail me," he said. "What should we do? Should each of us hire a personal bodyguard? I was hit in the back of the head when they shot at us, lots of players were hit.
"I didn't even realise what they were shooting with, perhaps paintballs, they were in camouflage and fled pretty quickly. It was vile. Fans should support us, not do this type of thing.
"I'm still in shock. I have a small child at home, we've all got families. What if someone got seriously hurt? What would happen then? I will take advice from some people and decide whether to seek prosecution, because this was an attack."
ESPN also reports that the fans threatened the players last month, leaving a message at the ground saying: "If the club and the coaches can't motivate you, then believe us, we will do it.”
We all love football but this is a step or two too far, don’t you think?