A number of Sevilla fans breached the thick walls of security to enter the stadium during the Europa League final between Inter Milan and Sevilla FC, which Sevilla won 3-2.
Football, much like the wider world has been reeling under the effects of Covid-19 and as a result, matches are being played in biosecure zones without the presence of fans. And while the measure may seem to be extremely hard on both the fans and their beloved players, the alternative is far more terrifying.
And yet, in a breach of the highest nature, some fans somehow managed to enter the stadium ahead of the all-important clash.
Suits don’t lie-
Only a handful of people, that include participating club officials, overseeing UEFA officials, a handful of commentators, and select media such as journalists and photographers were allowed to attend the fixture in these unprecedented times.
In the sneakiest of charades, these crafty fans, dressed in Sevilla suits managed to somehow convince the security that they were Sevilla officials and were seen cheering the eventual winners all through the night.
If you’re watching #SEVINT with crowd FX you really need to grow up and switch to no FX – there’s a couple of hundred Sevilla fans in there wearing suits disguised as officials making an almighty racket 👌👌👌
— Trevor Ward 🇪🇺 (@willwrite4cake) August 21, 2020
There seems to be a lot of Sevilla fans in the ground
— Peter Bester (@bester_peter) August 21, 2020
The last few months have been really taxing, not just for the clubs who are reeling under immense financial pressure in the wake of empty stadiums, but also their passionate supporters.CGI fans, fake noises, and socially distant celebrations have become part and parcel of the beautiful game , which once reveled in the wildest of celebrations.
Fans too have been getting increasingly crafty to stay alive in the time of no live sport. Hiring cranes to get a glimpse of the stadiums, creating home theatres, and using VR rooms are some of the crazy antics , which ultimately culminated in yesterday’s events.
Sevilla’s sixth,Inter’s heartbreak-
The fans couldn’t have chosen a better night to showcase their bravado as the Spanish giants came from behind to lift their sixth Europa League title, courtesy of a brilliant show from LuuK De Jong and a stroke of fortune in the form of an own goal.
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Sevilla's 6 titles is twice as many as any other side has managed…#UELfinal
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 21, 2020
The result was increasingly brutal on Inter Milan, who did dominate large parts of the game, but ultimately lost owing to an own goal from their talisman Romelu Lukaku.
The entire episode of fans sneaking into the stadium, in one of the most high profile games of the year does raise questions about the level of security . And while it was extremely clever of the resourceful fans to trespass right under UEFA’s nose, the fact remains that the incident would serve both as a blot and as a caution for the governing bodies.