Emotions often run high during a derby, and the ensuing passions can often bring out the best, and worst, in fans.
Unfortunately, in the Danish Superliga, a championship group match between rivals Brondby and FC Copenhagen brought out the worst, when Brondby fans threw dead rats at Copenhagen player Ludwig Augustinsson as he prepared to take a corner kick.
At that point, there were five minutes remaining in the match and Brondby were down 1-0 at home.
Play was stopped after at least three dead rats were thrown, with Copenhagen players attempting to kick the rats’ bodies off the pitch before stewards picked them up and disposed of them.
Brondby later released a statement about the incident online, with the club’s sports director Troels Bech condemning it.
The club will investigate and hopes to find the person or people responsible, so that they can ban them.
“First of all we had today a great setting for a derby and the atmosphere before kickoff was something special. When we stand here after the game, we are obviously annoyed that we had to leave the field without points, but it is equally unfortunate that there are some visitors for today’s match who could not figure out how to behave properly,” Bech said in the statement.
“We will now look all the video material and pictures … [and] engage in dialogue with groups of supporters in the hope that together we can identify the right person and make sure that he gets quarantined from the stadium.
“We have Denmark’s most atmospheric football stadium and the home ground of Denmark by far the best fans, and a single individual should not ruin it for the greater community.” Derby in Copenhagen today. Br??ndby fans decided to throw rats at the Copenhagen players. pic.twitter苏州美甲学校/C6DkdtFyrE??? Gustav Tornby (@gustav_tornby) 17 April 2017
Chelsea fans, 2015/16: Unfurl banners showing players as rats. Brondby fans, this weekend: Hold our beer.https://t.co/Bej8fEoOSO??? The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) 17 April 2017