With Leather would like to celebrate four straight months of stories about butthole soccer fans trying to hurt players with explosives! The streak started back in September, when a guy lobbed a grenade onto the field and almost took off a player’s hand. That was one-upped in October by fans throwing firecrackers at an injured player, and quickly followed by a goalkeeper having his eardrums exploded by a bomb (and stadium arson!) in November.
December almost passed us by without anybody being ASSAULTED BY BOMBS FOR PLAYING SOCCER, but with only four months left in the month, Turkish fans have kept the horrible dream alive.
Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, who used to play for Trabzonspor, was struck in the head by a foreign object (possibly a water bottle) and dropped to the ground. As Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar went to check on him, a smoke bomb went off near Yilmaz’s rear end. (via Holdout Sports)
Video is below.