Team Fans Riot Against Pink Jerseys, Cause Game Cancellation

Written By:  •  Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness, Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira soccer pink riot leaving field

Not everyone is a fan of the pink influx into sports this month. Some have more passionate ways of showing it.

Apparently, fans of Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira were expecting their team to be wearing their traditional black and yellow kits and were taken by surprise when the team took the field in bright pink.So, rather than sit and enjoy the match against Atletico Venezuela, the fans stormed the field, waving their replica jerseys over their heads, chanting the national anthem, and overall creating quote a mess for officials.

Breast Cancer Awareness, Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira soccer pink riot

Aurinegro fans would not leave the field, only being herded to the sidelines, for over 40 minutes, causing representatives of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) to suspend the match.

Deportivo Tachira FC Vs Atletico Venezuela Breast Cancer Awareness, Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira soccer pink riot fan group

Fans pushed to the sidelines, but security unable to get them back into the stands. (Click to embiggen)

Tachira had given free tickets to women who attended wearing pink. After the suspension, team officials said they would refund ticket money paid, but did not immediately announce if the jerseys, intended to be worn only the once, would be donned again.

Perhaps they stand a better chance at an away game.

Teams wearing pink has been an increasing sore spot for some fans, who see the team colors as an “untouchable.” There has been sentiment within fans of the NFL to limit pink usage, or to dedicate a single week to its use, rather than 4 games, a full quarter of all games played.

Other objectors ask why other causes aren’t equally represented, such as heart disease, the largest killer in most countries, or men’s prostate health.

The fans of Tachira obviously objected too their team abandoning their colors even for a single game.

Breast Cancer Awareness, Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira soccer pink riot fans

Fans left, wearing their replica jerseys, but not having witnessed a match.

Do you think they went too far? Do you agree with their sentiment, if not their actions? Is there anyone at this point unaware of breast cancer?



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