Please don’t assault the mascot

Havoc and mayhem ensued at Saturday’s fixture between Incheon United and Daejeon Citizen after two irate Daejeon supporters rushed the pitch and assaulted Yuti, Incheon’s mascot, at the conclusion of the match.

And why yes, Yuti is a red-crowned crane. Or at least a 34-year-old dude dressed up like a red-crowned crane. The hapless man, who requested anonymity, complained to the Sports Chosun that he did nothing to provoke the attack, and never even saw the faces of the guys who did it.

Which is understandable, since he was dressed up like a red-crowned crane.

The assault spilled over into the stands, where there was some scuffling between Daejeon and Incheon supporters.

Daejeon Citizen, for its part, has banned the two guys from attending both home and away games for the rest of the year. Daejeon supporters, while careful not to justify the wanton attack on Yuti, did claim the mascot has been “provoking” them continuously for three years (great photo, BTW). How was not specified.

  • R. Elgin

    Full force for those provocative cranes.

  • cm

    Korea’s version of the European Soccer Violence – attack the crane mascot.

  • eujin

    In case anyone is interested, the “provokation” involved dancing in front of the Daejeon fans, basically showboating after they’d lost the game. Same thing he did last year.

  • YangachiBastardo

    Korea’s version of the European Soccer Violence – attack the crane mascot

    If it was it would look more like this:

    Korea is such a safe nation, let’s hope it stays like that forever

  • WangKon936

    I have a theory as to why fútbol fans are so violent. There’s so much penned up emotion because there is hardly any scoring. Okay, okay, let me explain. You have a sport like basketball, right? There is a ton of scoring. Sometimes the game is decided in the last second, right? Basketball games, especially close ones, leaves the feeling of resolution within their fans because crowd energy is used up in cheering for all the scoring. And close games? Those that go into overtime? You are too physically exhausted to go after the other team’s fans and/or mascots.

    Now you have fútbol. The players can dance around the field for three fucking hours and score one point or, sometimes even, zero. There’s a lot of penned up emotion on the stands. Someone is gonna ring someone else’s neck eventually… The emotion is just building and building… like a powder keg.

  • Baek-du boy

    Wangkong,..Football lasts for 90 minutes. Not 3 hours. If scores are equal in a tournament, an extra 30 minutes of ‘extra time’ is played. So maximum game can be 120 minutes or 2 hours. Yes there can be draws. (or ‘ties’ if you prefer).

    In football, goals are scored, not points.

    Football is the msot popular sport in the world and played in more than 200 countries. So of course there are going to situations of violence more than other sports.

  • aaronm

    Yet another reason why my two sons are being directed towards rugby.

  • taidgh

    @ 7

    For this type of civility, no doubt

  • eujin


    I wonder if Eton Wall Game is even more violent then due to pent up emotion. A goal gets scored there about once every ten years and there hasn’t been a goal scored in the annual St Andrew’s Day match since 1909.

    British sports, always the best.

  • Arghaeri

    Wangkon, hilarious, never knew you were such a comedian :-)