A 25-year-old man surnamed Zhang (hey, we think we know that guy!) has earned the distinction of being Shanghai’s very first “football hooligan.” That’s something that’ll go on the tombstone!
According to the translated Youth Daily article, Zhang “was watching the game between Shenhua and Xiamen Lions in the Hongkou Football Stadium. During the game’s sixth minute, Shenhua scored and the audience roared in excitement. Elated Zhang took off his clothes and set off a firecracker, frightening the audience members around him. A police officer immediately removed Zhang from the scene.”
The story goes on to say that Zhang spent five days in jail (five days? in jail?), that he is banned from the stadium for a year, that they will try to be more vigilant when it comes to fans bringing fireworks to games (good luck), that new rules were put in place to clamp down on bad fan behavior — running on the field during games, setting off fireworks, and displaying insulting banners can all result in a 500 kuai fine and a 10-day stay in the clink.
But one thing, curiously, the story never touches on again is that fact that Zhang “took off his clothes.”