How many times have you watched your beloved club put on a pathetic performance and cursed the players for being unworthy of wearing your colours? I’ve said it more than a few times in the McLeish era at Villa, but never could I imagine any club would give into those demands of passion and anger. Enter Genoa.

Here’s what happened today as the Rossoblu faithful watched their side get thrashed 4-0 by Siena. Thanks to Football-Italia for the recap.

Genoa were losing 4-0 at the 53rd minute when the Marassi crowd halted play by throwing fireworks and climbing on top of the tunnel.

Captain Marco Rossi went to negotiate with the ultras, who demanded the squad remove their jerseys, as they were “unworthy” of wearing the Genoa colours.

After some time, the players accepted and there were tears from Giandomenico Mesto as he handed over his shirt.

Rossi was walking around the pitch with a pile of jerseys to show the fans, but Giuseppe Sculli refused to co-operate.

Sculli went over to speak to the fans himself and insisted with great passion that he was giving his all for Genoa, so would not take off the shirt.

He too was in tears and comforted by the head ultra. This proved a breakthrough and the game was allowed to resume.

Comments (29)

  1. Awesome….can we all get together and do this for all the toronto sports teams? I’d love myself a nice Komisarek jersey or Aceval!

    • This is exactly what I thought when I saw this.

      MLSE has turned us into the laughing stock of Canadian sports. An absolute joke.

      Be amazing if the fans would all come together, and a late season ass kicking by throwing all their leaf jerseys, hats, and other memorabilia on the ice

  2. Wow this is incredible and Sculli shows so much character by negotiating with the ultras. Wonder what would happen if we did this at the ACC with the Leafs…

  3. Well Said Anthony, Toronto FC are lucky the don’t have to play in front of a crowd like in Genoa or they would be playing in their undies

  4. If this happened in Toronto, the following scenarios would happen:

    1) Police would arrest the fans (didn’t happen in Italy)
    2) The players of the team wouldn’t respect the fans enough to even cooperate or listen
    3) Fans would be banned from attending games for a while (at least supporter sections would be closed for a while)
    4) If fans stopped going to games because the team is playing like a bunch of donkeys, the team would move to another city (again, a concept unheard of in Europe)

    So really, this wouldn’t work here. We allow MLSE to take our money and give us a sh** performance. If we stopped going to the games and the team became unprofitable, the “franchise” (I hate that term) would move to another city!

  5. only in Italy, the ultras still run the show, ridiculous.

    • I know its ridiculous that the players actually have to answer to the fans, just look what carter, bosh, james did to the fans no respect , just selfish glory hunters!

  6. Its not really the players’ fault though. Not all of them anyway. It’s the management and the owners fault. Especially if we’re talking about Toronto sports teams. MLSE is more responsible for the Leafs being crap than the players. It would take something really bad from the players for me to demand they give back their jerseys. I just boycott games because I won’t give the owners any more money that they don’t deserve.

    • Everybody’s responsible. At the end of the day, the players are the ones that step onto the pitch/ice and a protest during a match would be the only way to get your voice heard.

      No violence, no vandalism or anything of that sort. Keep it civil

  7. that makes me sad…to hear about grown men crying like that.. we the fans are the 12th man.. if your lads can’t count on you for your support, what is the point of even bothering to try and win matches.. noone has your back.. fans are out for heads.. sounds like a great place to play.. you want confidence in your club.. not men who are down and then being stepped on like they are pieces of shit.. i understand why TFC fans are upset.. I am a TFC supporter myself.. all of our losses have been preventable.. it is not like the entire team sucks.. people are making individual mistakes that are costing us in the end.. I will continue to support my Reds.. Win Or Lose.

    • The ultras support their team no matter what they just demand respect for the shirt, those ultras go week in and week out and they don’t like to be embarrassed, what have the TFC fans done after going down 0-6 just buy more tickets and cheer on sub-par crap, leafs get smoked by the bruins all year and we just move along and you wonder why no other teams respects us, a full page apology in the paper is going to make it all ok. I love when new outlets report on the ultras to taint them as evil all the time, typical english media have been doing it for years and brainwashing people to believe that england has the best fans and league in the world.

  8. The Serie A won’t rise to its former glory until they sort this stuff out. What purpose do the security personnel serve, exactly?

    • uh huh that’s what is holding them back…

      • Extreme fan behaviour and lax security/medical protocol is definitely holding the Serie A back. The hooligans’ conduct defines the term “bush league”. Your team is losing so you threaten players and officials…this is acceptable behaviour?

        When crazy things such as this happen in smaller leagues around the world, you take it for granted. A bit of madness but what do you expect from the Vietnamese or Moldovan Premier League? But in Italy? Genoa’s president agrees with me as he has apparently called for the rowdiest of the fans to be arrested and for his own team to play the remainder of their season on the road.

        A small group of belligerent/obnoxious fans should not be able to disrupt a match in a top flight league. Period.

        • exactly

          this is a joke
          these idiots are so fanatical about their sports team that they ask for their players shirts and the players actually complied!?
          then you have a bunch of grown man crying like babies holding each other by the necks ,talking forehead to forehead!??

          what kind of gayness is this
          MAN UP for gods sake!

          italians love all of this posturing and theatrics
          you see it when watching seria a matchs

    • It would have been much better for the police to enter the stands and beat people up? Because that is what would have been required at this moment. Police can be corrupt – and in other circumstances, stupid thugs too – but they have a little bit more understanding of the situation than you or English commentators do. There is a reason police stand back in some of these situations. They do not have a good relationship with the supporters and engaging them WILL lead to greater violence. If ultras are tossing flairs and shaking fences, but that is it, a police charge WILL result in a battle. Given the match did not end in a full out battle, the police acted decently.

  9. ……………….FORZA JUVE!!

  10. Stop the Kofi Annan impression ppl. Just enjoy it ….Serie A is perfect the way it is.

  11. I find the back and forth debate over the ultras fascinating. It seems to be between two groups of people and the difference is very fundamental.

    On one side, I find that people attack the ultras present the club as a business and think that this is the only justifiable relationship to professional football. With the ultras the ‘business’ of football is weakened – people wont pay to watch the game with these type of people around. Therefore, even if they ‘love’ their teams, they are incapable of understanding what would be good for their love – namely being a good consumer who sits in the seat or not show up if they are unhappy.

    On the other side, the ultras are seen as standing against the ‘corporate’ vision of football, emphasizing the historical relationship players have to their team, which outlasts the players and importantly the ‘owners’ or presidents. This relationship is used to ‘justify’ (rather than to ‘understand’) the emotional relationship the ultras have to “their” club and the visceral reactions that may arise.

    I’m partial to the later, I’m sick of hearing the world reduced to McDonalds and Nike for the falacy that because money is involved that the economics is the only reason to love/relate to ones club. Clearly – this is not in favour or against – Ultras DO NO live this way nor do they want to. It is a relationship that is being dictated ONTO their relationship. It may have been financially ‘successful’ for Manchester United, but emotional relationships cannot be reduced to $$$ – otherwise moralists wouldn’t be so concerned about prostitution.

    I’d hope for a middle ground that respects that football is not just its business-side but does not result in violence; but when moments like this occur they should be understood on the terms of the relationship of the ultras and not for the complete corporatization of football. The EPL and what is has done to the history of the clubs, the supporter culture and working class morality I find is destructive and nasty.

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