No doubt, I’m just destined to appear at the most fussy places. A correction – it was not fussy, it was a huge fight!!!
A friend plays in Yerevan basketball team for the currently going 4th Pan-Armenian Games. Being a basketball fan I went to see their game with Cairo and cheer for him. This would be their second game after yesterday’s game with Kiev. Today I also saw the Kiev vs Geneva match, and I must admit that school basketball league I used to play in was far far better from that of Kiev.
Anyways, everything seemed to be calm when they started. However, on the tenth minute, at score 18:18 I hardly managed to look to the left when the playground was already crowded with people beating each other, throwing chairs, cursing and hitting with every possible stuff. It took an instant, really. Such a huge mess!
What caused this? A Yerevan player noticed that Cairo was playing roughly. A Cairo player pushed the Yerevan player, another player saw this and pushed the one who pushed his friend. That’s it. And it took an instant for everyone to jump to the playing area and start beating each other. Someone hit the Yerevan coach, the latter bumped another one. A Cairo player got a serious bump on his head, and it was blooding. Well, you must already guess the continuation…
The police interfered, though they were not able to disperse the mess. They were still shouting and cursing. The organizers tried to find some solution to stop this. Someone suggested to apologize to each other and go on. A woman next to me from Cairo started shouting at the coach and organizers: “Shame, shame on you, we are guests, how can you?” Actually I didn’t get it, if they are guests so they are privileged to play roughly?? And they did play roughly, managing to gain several falls by the 10th minute.
The Cairo team packed their things and left the building, saying that they wouldn’t step in anymore. The guy’s head was bandaged and he was taken by the ambulance.
For some reason I did not wander and didn’t shake my head. I witnessed such cases during previous games as well, and every time the diasporan participants would leave with disappointment. Guess they have some higher expectation, which are never met.
A good start on the second day. Probably there were more beatings somewhere else, who knows. I want to be short, so here also some unsuccessful and blurred pictures, which I hardly managed to get, just for you to get the whole scene.