Soccer, of course, is known for its, um, passionate fans. Fights are common, garbage frequently rains down on the field, and smoke bombs and flares often ignite in the stands. A smoke-engulfed stadium certainly makes for striking pictures, but in the moment, the colorful chaos can be terrifying. Here, an ugly part of the of the beautiful game.
NurPhoto via Getty ImagesSmoke 'Em If You Got 'EmSporting CP vs SL Benfica in Lisbon, 2018.
Tom Hauck/Getty ImagesPuff, Puff, GreenPortland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders in Portland, Oregon, 2012.
Thomas Starke/Getty Images; Lars Baron/Getty ImagesWhere's the Exit?Fortuna Duesseldorf vs Hertha BSC Berlin, in Duesseldorf, Germany, 2012.
David Cannon/Getty ImagesHot FeetWest Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup fifth round replay in London, 2006.Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesStop and StareAC Milan vs Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg in Milan, 2005.Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty ImagesNothing to See HereFC Red Star vs Partizan, Serbia National Cup semi-final in Belgrade, 2012.
Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty ImagesReturn to SenderAl Ahly SC vs CF Monterrey, FIFA Club World Cup 5th place match at Morocco's Marrakech Stadium, 2013.Ullstein Bild via Getty ImagesGreen ScreenSV Werder Bremen vs Hamburger SV, UEFA Cup in Bremen, Germany, 2009.Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty ImagesRed Sky at NightGermany vs Turkey, UEFA Euro qualifier in Berlin, 2010.
Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty ImagesAnd The Rockets Red GlareBayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, 2017.Denis Doyle/Getty ImagesToo Close! Too Close!Real Betis vs Anderlecht, UEFA Champions League group stage Seville, Spain, 2005.Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesTotally LitJuventus vs Barcelona, Cup Winner's Cup semi-final in Turin, Italy, 1991.