– Idiocy, says football expert – NRK Rogaland – Local news, TV and radio

– Idiocy, says football expert – NRK Rogaland – Local news, TV and radio

-I think it’s complete stupidity and pointless. If you’re going to be accepted into a match, you have to show your face, says NRK football expert Karl-Erik Torp.

Haugesund Football Club welcomed neighbors Viking on Saturday. Stavanger won 2-0, but the result was very different from the one that attracted the most attention.

The atmosphere is usually at its best when the two teams meet. It was also Saturday, but some fans wearing Finnish hats caused a stir.

“You are able to create a good mood and a good impression without having to hide your face,” Torp says.

NRK football expert Karl-Erik Torp.

Photo: Annika Baird/NTB

During the match, some fans in the far stand climbed over the fence where the apartments are located.

It ended in a quarrel between fans of the two teams on the balcony above the stands. In the photos you can see a fan wearing a Finnish hat.

– I’m tired of dirt

Norwegian Football Association regulations state that the use of Finnish hats or similar clothing to cover the face during a match is prohibited.

The leader of the Vikinghordene fan club says he is fed up with the fact that the few fans wearing masks will be the talk of the town after the match.

-We played a great match. Football culture should be celebrated, not denigrated, says Roar Akerlund.

He says fans at the club are resolving the situation by masking up internally.

Security must be improved

Haugesund Football Club general manager Martin Voskanger says it is foolish for people to have to wear masks.

-Our stadium regulations state that this is not allowed. He says we have not been bothered by this so far.

Martin Voskanger, Marketing Director at FK Haugesund

General Manager of FK Haugesund, Martin Voskanger.

Photo: Gisel Jørgensen/NRK

The club received criticism that security in the stands was very poor.

-We have to take some security measures. We had a dialogue with the apartment complex and asked for a statement, Voskanger says.

NRK has heard from other elite clubs whether they notice their supporters wearing masks.

  • Rosenburg: -There are those who take them with them to matches. It is not a new phenomenon. But if someone brings masks, we will take them from them at check-in, says general manager Tori Berdahl.
  • fire: – It wasn’t a big problem for us. It is used in conjunction with fireworks, and we didn’t have many this year, says general manager Christian Calvinis.
  • Mold: – We have seen away fans wearing masks during matches, says general manager Øystein Nerland.

Haugesund Stadium stands apart

Above the far stand (pictured) is an apartment complex. Here some fans stepped up during the match.

Image: NTP

– It must be removed from the stands

Football expert Torp believes that strict measures should be taken against fans wearing masks.

They should be taken out of the stands and asked to take off their masks, he said.

Receives support from Vikings blogger Ingve Boy in Stavanger Aftenblad:

-This doesn’t belong on the football field. If you hide yourself, you’re probably doing things you’re not allowed to do, he says.

– I understand

Ole Christian Sandvik is the spokesman for the Norway Supporters Alliance. He doesn’t agree with Bøe.

– He. SheHe says it’s no wonder someone is planning something criminal when they use this.

Photo by Ole Christian Sandvik

Ole Christian Sandvik in the Norwegian Supporters’ Alliance.

Photo: Oda Shiel

He says the reason is that they will not be banned from entering their clubs because of their use of fireworks during matches.

I understand that supporters are wearing masks. I understand people’s reaction, but it’s because they don’t want to reveal their identity, says Sandvik at the Supporters’ Alliance.

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