This is not about hattrick and it’s not about FC Rünenberg. It is about how simple some individuals are able to kill the whole reputation of a great football team.
This post is thought to apologize to every single supporter and fan of European football, no matter which competition (Champions- or Europa-League) we are talking about. It is also meant to explain how I experienced what happened in Salzburg a week ago. Finally I would like to share my thoughts about how this behavior should be handled by the clubs all over Europe.
I am supporting FC Basel 1893 since I was a boy. My father took me to a cup-final between them an FC Sion when I was twelve years young and I was fascinated at all. When I grew older I visited many home games in the old stadium and of course in the St.Jakob-Park, where I have an annual pass and enjoy nearly every home game. In fact I am not traveling through Europe to visit the away games, but do this matter? I think not. There was a time when I noticed the most active fans in the main curve (Muttenzerkurve) are singing to support our team and stopped dissing the opponent. I was very happy about that and the atmosphere was much friendlier and better during the games. But someday they sadly started again to cheer more against the others than for ours.
I feel really sad about what happened last week and I hope you, my friends, are able to keep pictures like this one in mind too, because this is the other and much more appreciated side of the supporters: creative and friendly! When I visit the games and I see something like this, that’s when I’m a bit more proud to call myself a supporter of this great team than I already am. Right now I feel helpless, since I would really like to change those guys who can’t keep their selves under control, but the only thing I can do is to write and talk about and maybe there are some more influential people who start acting to make this bad behavior disappear. Once again I would like to apologize for the bad scenes in Salzburg. There is absolutely no need to throw items on the pitch and using fireworks in a stadium isn’t useful too. I don’t want to talk about how dangerous it is, but I would like to mention how terrifying it could be, as I have seen people leaving the St.Jakob-Park because they have been afraid.
The punishment of the UEFA was unfortunately foreseeable and it is a punishment against the players of the clubs (both Valencia CF and FC Basel 1893), our club and the Swiss football at all. But the ones who are punished the most are those fair and friendly supporters and visitors, which had in mind to watch a great game and an unforgettable event in our loved stadium. I don’t know if those guys are able to realize what they reached with their absolutely disrespectful and inappropriate behavior, I’m not even sure if they want to understand what they did, that’s why these individuals have to be punished by the club and by the law!
In my opinion it’s not necessary to prohibit alcohol in the surrounding area of the stadium, there is also no need for more efficient security checks at the entrance and there is no need to place a sky-high fence, net or glass around the pitch. The only thing needed is to get these offenders out of the (so far accepted) anonymity! Whenever something like this happens again, the ones involved shall be arrested for at least one working day and in addition there shall be an information sent to their respectively employer or the schoolmaster and the parents (if the guy is a student). I’m pretty sure there will be additional punishment from those sides, maybe not at the very first time, but in the case of repetition. And they shall not enter a stadium again! The time to act cautious is over!
Sorry if this post is bothering you, but I had to write down my thoughts.