Few football fans would have given two figs about Sunday’s pre-season friendly between Roda and Club Brugge. Yet the match turned out to be something of a classic with four goals, a brilliantly-bad Penenka penalty FAIL, and unsavoury scenes of crowd violence.
Starting withÂ theÂ most serious issue first, the opening forty-five was disrupted when tens of fans fromÂ Club Brugge stormed the pitch and began attacking their rivals supporters.
In an incident that just got worse and worse, stewards quickly lost control after a handful of visiting fans hurdled the security railings. The four on-site stewards had little hope of regaining order when the thugs then jumped onto the pitch and began racing for the Roda fans.
Once free to do their damage, theÂ Club Brugge fans were seen throwing missiles and the corner flag into the Roda section. So bad was the violence that several Club Brugge players quickly stepped to act as peacemakers.
Eventually calm was restored and the match was able to resume.
The noteworthy incidents continued in the second half as Roda won a penalty with the match still goalless.Â Adil Ramzi was given the responsibility of taking the spot-kick, but the experienced MoroccanÂ forward made a complete hash of the opportunity.
Trying to embarrass the Brugge keeper with aÂ Penenka penalty, theÂ 33-year-old was left with his head in his hands after faking out the keeper but chipping his effort over the bar.
Footage of the disgraceful riots can be seen here.
Match highlights, includingÂ Adil Ramzi’s shocking penalty (20 seconds in) can be seen here.