Denver Broncos fans may be partying hard at today’s Super Bowl victory parade, but they’ve got nothing on the passions of Southend United supporters. In fact, if you ever find yourself face to face with one, do yourself a favor and run away. Fast.
Don’t believe us? Check out this footage from Saturday’s match against the team’s rivals, Colchester United, in which one brave/crazy/insert-your-favorite-adjective-here fan jumped onto the pitch at Southend’s Roots Hall, sprinted towards an entire section of Colchester supporters and tried to fight them. All of them. By himself.
It bears mention that at the time this dude was unloading haymakers, Southend was winning 3-0 – which makes you wonder what he would’ve done if that score was reversed. What’s more, he somehow managed to flee the scene without getting arrested…until Tuesday, when Essex Police came knocking on his door, took him into custody and charged him with “affray and pitch invasion.”
If you’re wondering why someone would be motivated to do such a thing, it’s all thanks to some “provocative chants” between the two fanbases. And thanks to his actions, the man has been condemned by his beloved team, who intend to take “very strong action” against him to ensure it never happens again.
“Such people are not welcome at Roots Hall and I hope all fans will assist the club in identifying them to ensure that their actions do not go unpunished,” said Southend United chief executive Steve Kavanagh.
There goes your few minutes of fame, dude. For your sake, we hope it was worth it (it totally was).