Meet Denmark's version of Steve Bartman. Or the guy who is WAY worse than Steve Bartman.
An apology came today from the Danish fan who attacked referee Herbert Fandel during Saturday's qualifier between Denmark and Sweden. The referee abandoned the match, which in all likelihood will cause the Danish squad to miss next year's Euro 2008.
"I so want to say I'm sorry to everyone in Denmark. I spoiled a fantastic evening for so many," the 29-year-old Dane told Danish paper Ekstra Bladet in an interview.Due to legal reasons the man can only be identified as "R" - maybe because he's now the most hated man in the country? Anyhow, "R'" was angered by Fandel's giving of a red card to Denmark's Chritian Poulsen, and felt like telling the ref that his decision was "nonsense."
Was it the good sense and reason telling "R" to do this? Nah, it was probably the 15 to 18 beers he'd drunk before the match. That's right, 15 to 18 beers. Wow. So it was the beers talking. It must have also been the beers that made him jump over the fence, strike the referee, and then run back to the stands. It seems like his actions could be turned into their own version of Dayeinu - it would have been enough!
The sad part is that Denmark had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match 3-3 at the time the ref abandoned the pitch. Had "R" not stormed the field, you never know what would have happened.
For his part, "R" is still having trouble believing he could have done such a thing.
"I haven't slept all night in my cell. The last thing I ever wanted was to hurt the national team and I hope someday I will have the chance to apologize in person for what I did to the referee," he said.Maybe the reason he can't sleep is because he's sharing a cell with the Danish version of Brutus. Anyhow, UEFA will decide later this week whether to allow the match to stay at a tie, award a victory to Sweden, or replay the match. This drunken fan better be praying for this decision. He's already the most unpopular person in Denmark. And it can only get worse from here.