FC Spartak Moscow v FC Krylia Sovetov Samara - Russian Premier League

When Soccer is Total Freakin' Anarchy

It's a sport with a flare for the fanatic.

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.

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em NurPhoto via Getty Images Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em Sporting CP vs SL Benfica in Lisbon, 2018. Puff, Puff, Green Tom Hauck/Getty Images Puff, Puff, Green Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders in Portland, Oregon, 2012.
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Where's the Exit?
Thomas Starke/Getty Images; Lars Baron/Getty Images Where's the Exit? Fortuna Duesseldorf vs Hertha BSC Berlin, in Duesseldorf, Germany, 2012. Hot Feet David Cannon/Getty Images Hot Feet West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup fifth round replay in London, 2006. Stop and Stare Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Stop and Stare AC Milan vs Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg in Milan, 2005. Nothing to See Here Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images Nothing to See Here FC Red Star vs Partizan, Serbia National Cup semi-final in Belgrade, 2012. Return to Sender Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images Return to Sender Al Ahly SC vs CF Monterrey, FIFA Club World Cup 5th place match at Morocco's Marrakech Stadium, 2013. Green Screen Ullstein Bild via Getty Images Green Screen SV Werder Bremen vs Hamburger SV, UEFA Cup in Bremen, Germany, 2009. Red Sky at Night Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images Red Sky at Night Germany vs Turkey, UEFA Euro qualifier in Berlin, 2010. And The Rockets Red Glare Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images And The Rockets Red Glare Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, 2017. Too Close! Too Close! Denis Doyle/Getty Images Too Close! Too Close! Real Betis vs Anderlecht, UEFA Champions League group stage Seville, Spain, 2005. Totally Lit Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Totally Lit Juventus vs Barcelona, Cup Winner's Cup semi-final in Turin, Italy, 1991.