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Football Fans Throw Controllers Onto Field In Protest Against Esports

An AP report described this as “a slogan opposing electronic gaming leagues” | Image: RTS Sport
An AP report described this as “a slogan opposing electronic gaming leagues” | Image: RTS Sport

A football game in the Swiss league was halted on Sunday when fans threw tennis balls—and control pads, some emblazoned with the words “FUCK ESPORTS”—onto the field.

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As the Associated Press reports (via Eurogamer), the Young Boys vs Basel game in the Swiss Super League was held up for around two minutes while stewards cleared the field, after Young Boys fans dressed in black hoodies hurled the balls and pads onto the surface in the middle of the match. They also unfurled a giant flag displaying a “pause” icon, while the travelling Basel fans also had banners out in protest.

Image: RTS Sports
Image: RTS Sports
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Why all the fuss? Fans are angry that football clubs are spending money on esports outfits (Bern has its own FIFA team, for example) when they feel that money could be better spent on the actual team.

There wasn’t as much solidarity on the field; Young Boys ended up winning with a very FIFA scoreline of 7-1.

Image: RTS Sports
Image: RTS Sports

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

SlowDonnie
SlowDonnie

While I’m open minded to a lot of things, I think calling playing a video game a sport is a slap in the face to the tens of thousands of athletes who dedicate their lives and years of physical training to a particular sport.

I used to get as bent outta shape when they refereed to playing poker as a sport...just call it something else and there’s no issue...just my 2 cents.