Rowdy Fans.

Don’t know exactly where and at what kind of an event this was (though it looks to be a sporting event), I don’t know how often you’d see this in America:


6 thoughts on “Rowdy Fans.

  1. Христос Воскресе!


    I have to disagree with you. There’s much to debate regarding the three finger salute, but be careful about jumping to conclusions. You state that, “three fingers was far from simply a defense of Orthodoxy.” Did you grow up in Communist Yugoslavia where your parents had to baptize you at home in fear of the authorities? Were you in the civil war in Bosnia or Krajina? Were you in a Croatian or a Bosnian Muslim concentration camp where you were attacked for your Orthodox Faith every day? I personally went to Church with a man whose thumb, index and middle fingers had been hacked off with an axe while imprisoned during the Bosnian War. I used to watch him, out of the corner of my eye, while he signed himself with what he left of a fist. Imagine that, having such a constant reminder. Even though you don’t see it as such, to people who have suffered so greatly, the three fingers may indeed be a defense of their faith.

    Don’t be so quick to judge.

  2. Well, to be fair, most of the church in FYROM Macedonia is in schism, so…

    I’m always uncomfortable with religion as banner, as cultural cue. There’s something to be said for the fact that people self-identify with the Church and honor it in some way, but to me it seems a little too much like taking the Lord’s name in vain. I’m always haunted by paramilitaries and nationalists that co-opted the Orthodox three fingers used to make the sign of the cross in what was far from simply a defense of Orthodoxy. I’m similarly put off by Americans’ use of religion and religious symbols/language to further their secular, often anti-Christian agendas (and this can be seen as much on the religious left, now, as on the religious right and in the black churches or other traditional, ethnic religious groups).

  3. I was at a match a few years ago in Moscow (don’t remember which Russian team played) and one of the chants was “Orthodoxy.” What was ironic was that the opposing team was Macedonia.

  4. This was at a soccer game in Moscow. I believe this article refers to the video you posted:

    05 April 2010, 10:01
    Fans greet each other on Easter at soccer match in Moscow

    Moscow, April 5, Interfax – Fans greeted each other on Easter at a Sunday evening soccer match at Moscow Lokomotiv stadium.

    At the beginning of the second half of the match thousands of fans of Dynamo team started chanting “Christ is Risen!”, an Interfax correspondent reports.

    Thousands of fans of Lokomotiv teeam on the opposite side of the stadium responded by chanting “Truly He is Risen!”

    The exchange took place several times.

    The correspondent who has attended soccer matches for almost 50 years says it was the occurrence of this kind in the history of Russian soccer.

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