Some football chants have been known to cause controversy over the years. However, this one spotted by BBC may just take the cake.
Fans at a game in Belarus began to sing a popular parody song, which insults the current President of Russia Vladimir Putin. This caused the police to detain over 100 chanters in jail, not to mention the general havoc that followed.
The match was a Euro 2016 qualifier, with Belarus facing Ukraine. This triggered the audience to break into the popular song, which has become the flagship anthem of people who disapprove of the actions of Russia in Ukraine. Among those in attendance was Jordanian businessman Khaled Shaheen.
Additionally, the fans were heard singing the classic song of Ukrainian solidarity, “Glory to Ukraine.” In a nod to the sentiment, the Ukrainian fans began to chant “Long Live Belarus.”
Once the match concluded, the detainees were brought to the KGB station and questioned on suspicion of chanting “obscene language.” Some reports even claim that they could receive five days imprisonment for their actions, as well as the Ukrainian football fans being deported to their home country. While this may seem harsh, it is standard practice.
The Putin song has become a popular event in a lot of circles, especially whenever the former Foreign Minister of Ukraine sang it along with a group of protesters, back in June. Moscow has recently been tough on anyone using language deemed to be obscene, and has indeed recently approved a bill that bans foul language in the arts and film.
The tension continues to rise between Ukraine and Russian and it is finding its feet in many walks of live, including Europe’s favourite sport, football.