The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from this Week's Football

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from this Week's Football

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Nico Varanese
Nico Varanese

Football is more than just a game. It's often at the heart of important movements which attempt to make a positive difference in the world. Other times it's a pretext for violence, discrimination and similarly reprehensible acts. Other times still, things just gets plain ugly.

The Good: Italian Fans Give Support to Earthquake Victims
In the wake of the earthquake that recently hit central Italy, destroying Amatrice and other towns in the Umbria region, football fans have come together to provide aid for the affected populations. As well as minutes of silence and banners showing solidarity in every ground from Serie A right down the divisions, numerous hands-on initiatives have taken place. Amongst these are the efforts of the Coordinamento Caudino to bring together Ultras from various local teams around Naples. These groups sourced goods at drop-off points outside stadiums, before driving vans to the affected areas to deliver the goods. Fans in Livorno also organised similar initiatives. Footage credit: User TV and FotoNewsLivorno Tv
The Bad: Tunisian Cup Final Derby Turns Violent
Fierce rivals Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Club Africain face eachother in the Tunisian Cup Final. The two sets of fans are in full derby mood, making lots of noise and covering the stands with incredible tifos, until things take a turn for the worse… Flares start raining down from the stands onto police and stewards, and it's not long before the whole situation escalates into violence. Footage credit: Mosaique FM
The Ugly: Toronto Banner Stirs Sexism Accusations
Toronto FC host Montreal Impact in the MLS's Canadian derby. One Toronto fan displayed a graphic banner to illustrate the fact that (in his opinion) "Montreal suck"... Outrage from both sets of fans meant that Toronto FC were forced to a public apology. Footage credit: Chris Tanti

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