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The flare parachute is the soccer hooligan version of a drone attack, I suppose (video)

Feb 22, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

A flare on a parachute falls during the Europa League soccer match between BATE Borisov and Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul

What do you do if you’re a soccer hooligan, dedicated to causing mayhem and throwing burning items onto the playing field, but suddenly you’re banned from the stadium? Well, you get creative.

These hooligans, who support the Turkish soccer club Fenerbache, did just that. They rigged a flare to a parachute and launched it over the stadium wall — a flare-a-chute — where it dropped down onto the field, still burning. It happened at the Europa League match between BATE Borisov and Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul on Thursday, which was in a scoreless tie at the time.

The larger question of why this needed to be done is left unanswered, of course, and perhaps it’s unanswerable. Why soccer hooligans light things on fire is like asking why Packers fans wear Styrofoam cheese, or why monkeys throw their poo. They just do.

Meanwhile, it’s comforting to know that somewhere there are guys in suits whose job it is to remove flaming items from athletic fields.

source: Reuters