Commercial Break: Leaving the match early? You have to get past the bear first...
Football’s a funny old game although it’s no laughing matter when thousands of supporters stream out of the stadium a few minutes before the final whistle, in order to ‘beat the traffic’ (they’re actually ‘creating the traffic’ but never mind.)
This correspondent’s team of choice, Sunderland, suffers as much as any other from this perverted practice. Yesterday, with time running out at the Stadium Of Light and Sunderland clinging on to a 1-0 lead over Manchester City, masses of ‘supporters’ decided that the best way to help the team over get the finishing line with the win intact would be to slowly fuck off out of it.
Off they went, trudging down the staircases and towards the exits with seconds remaining of what would have been a crucial victory against The World’s Richest Club. Of course, City fashioned an equaliser (that most of these weirdos would have missed) and the party was spoiled.
As you can see in the ad below, the Boston Bruins ice hockey team have a system in place to deal with people who leave early. We think it works and would like to see it adopted in sporting events around the world. Starting in Sunderland.