The Simpsons gather for La Liga action
Rayo Vallecano’s Fondo stand behind the goal was graced with the Simpson family as well as other key members of Springfield including Mr Burns and Kent Brockman; Burns would have been enjoying the fact that the fans are being treated to football on a Monday night, which is exactly what the fans were protesting against.
In a clearly well staged and organised protest, the Madrid based clubs’ ultras made banners showing the opening scene of where The Simpsons gather round the couch together before the episode begins.
The banner read ‘no to football on Monday’ and it got maximum exposure in the televised game against Eibar. The protest occurred during the first 24 minutes of the match, but things only got worse for Real as they lost 3-2.
The two sections behind the goal are used by the ‘Bukaneros;’ a hardcore fan group, they decided to leave the seats empty for the first few minutes of the game before initially unveiling the banner.
Some fans even entered the stadium dressed as the famous characters, demonstrating how well planned the protest was, credit must be given where it is due. Famous quotes such as, ‘won’t somebody think of the children?’, a line from the character Helen Lovejoy, and Chief Wiggum will not be too happy that his son, Ralph, was at the late night game, he was portrayed saying, ‘I like Monday’s, I am special’.
The Eibar fans even got involved in the process, displaying a banner showing the bus driver from the show, Otto Mann, relating to the Eibar fans’ journey to the away game.
Getting back to the football though, the game was actually a five-goal thriller, top-flight new boys Eibar won courtesy of an impressive late volley from their captain Mikel Arruabarrena.
Arruabarrena had given his side the lead on a soaking night in Madrid with a controversial first half penalty before Federico Piovaccari doubled Eibar’s lead four minutes into the second half.
Piovaccari could easily have made it three soon after, but suddenly Leo Baptista scored twice in a minute to level for Paco Jemez’s, the Springfield family were already getting their money’s worth.
But it was an ‘excellent’ finale in the words of Mr Burns when Arruabarrena sent Eibar to ninth in the league with his winner.
It is not the first time Vallecano fans have protested over kick off times, though, last season the same group of fans left seats empty when they faced Levante in a match that kicked off at 11pm. Instead, two fans dressed as Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street tucked themselves in sleeping bags displaying a banner reading, ‘please keep the noise down its sleep time not football time.’
A month later they staged a mock funeral and even brought a coffin to the game for the death of ‘the soul of football.’
Why couldn’t they have just blasted ‘I don’t like Monday’s’ by The Boomtown Rats through the speakers? I suppose it wouldn’t have had the same effect. Doh!