A match between Vila Nova and Goias at the Serra Dourada Stadium in Brazil on Sunday after a swarm of bees took up residence in the corner of the goal manned by Goias goalkeeper Pedro Henrique. Fireman used extinguishers and flaming torches to get rid of the bees and play resumed 20 minutes later despite the fact that all the bees had not been expelled from the area.
And if you thought that was crazy enough, after the match concluded in a 2-2 draw, but as soccer players and the sport’s fans are wont to do, punches were thrown and a subsequent riot featuring fans coming down from the stands to take part in the melee ensued. Tempers flared after the draw – which propelled Goias to the state championship final- when Goias player Rafael Tolo was celebrating, a player from Vila Nova kicked him, setting into movement quite a hullabaloo. Video follows.
Wow. I have no idea what was being said by the player or the announcer during the aftermath – I don’t speak French – but talk about some riotous, fisty displays of passion. I don’t see why authorities didn’t do something to quell the violence from the get go. Like what, you ask? I don’t know, how about release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you? Doing such a thing surely wouldn’t have hurt, right?
Bees bring a halt to Brazil state championship semi-final [The Guardian]