Revenge of The Nerds Part III: Lasers, drones and Scouser cyber hackers now the tools of ‘football hooligans’

Soccer hooligans have clearly abandoned their old lager-lout tactics and have evolved choosing more sophisticated methods of venting their rage at match officials.
It still remains unclear whether this shift is for better or worse?
On Saturday it emerged that the Wikipedia page of English Premier League referee Kevin Friend had been hacked by a group of disgruntled Liverpool fans enraged at his controversial red card to Philippe Coutinho, in the 52nd minute of their 3-0 shock defeat to West Ham on Saturday at Anfield.
It looked to many neutral observers that Coutinho deserved to go for his slide tackle from behind as he picked up a second yellow card. In contrast West Ham fans had a much bigger reason to gripe (despite the win) when defender Mark Noble was sent off with a straight red card for what looked to be a legal tackle on Liverpool’s Danny Ings.
The latest high-tech attack by Scousers fanatics is yet another sign that ‘the times they are a-changin’ and today’s football fans are looking for new avenues in new technology to get their messages across. As you can see by the evidence below courtesy of Metro News in England, these fans have an advanced skill set – even though it is being used for bad:

Saturday’s hacking comes in the wake of last spring’s European Cup qualifying ‘drone invasion’ in a match between Albania and Serbia. The match was abandoned after the drone carried a political message in the form of a map above the pitch and fighting eventually broke out between players.


There have also been many high-profile incidents of fans using lasers to blind goalkeepers and other players in an effort to impact the outcome of matches. This is something which fans of Russia’s World Cup squad are painfully aware of.
Clearly it seems football fans have moved past their neanderthal habits of bottle and stick throwing and taken a turn for the nerd.
It makes you wonder what the next means of expression will be. Vehicle manipulation? Pulsing sonar waves? Electromagnetic storms? Large Haldron colliders? Transporting? Time travel?
No doubt the lunatic fringe footie fans will come up with some even more innovative ways of getting their point across.
Like you, they could always vote in our worst referee poll but I am fairly certain that won’t be vengeance enough to completely sate the appetites of the truly enraged be they Nuevo Nerds or old-school hooligans.

Who is the worst referee in the English Premier League?

  • Paul Tierney (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Keith Stroud (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Neil Swarbrick (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Craig Pawson (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Robert Madley (2%, 19 Votes)
  • Roger East (3%, 20 Votes)
  • Stuart Attwell (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Mike Jones (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Simon Hooper (3%, 25 Votes)
  • Anthony Taylor (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Andre Marriner (5%, 36 Votes)
  • Lee Mason (5%, 36 Votes)
  • Michael Oliver (5%, 37 Votes)
  • Jonathan Moss (6%, 47 Votes)
  • Mark Clattenburg (9%, 68 Votes)
  • Martin Atkinson (9%, 71 Votes)
  • Mike Dean (27%, 214 Votes)
  • Kevin Friend (34%, 265 Votes)

Total Voters: 787

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4 thoughts on “Revenge of The Nerds Part III: Lasers, drones and Scouser cyber hackers now the tools of ‘football hooligans’

  1. My thoughts:
    -The first yellow card to Coutinho (for dissent) seems iffy to me since Coutinho didn’t appear to get that angry at the referee. Who knows what he said though.
    -The second yellow foul looked worse than it actually was because Payet backed into Coutinho. It could go either way if you ask me.
    -Noble’s red was absurd. I think it might have been a foul, but it was certainly not a red.
    -I agree with the “terrible referee” bit on Friend’s wiki page but not the “hates Liverpool” part.

    BTW, editing wiki is a lot easier than hacking. You just need to press the edit button to be able to use it. 😉

    • Never mind about the dissent part. It was for standing in front of the ball to stop a free kick. Correct call. My bad.

    • My mistake. Coutinho’s first yellow was for standing in front of the ball on a free kick not dissent. correct decision.

  2. Hilarious bit from a wiki edit on Andre Marriner’s page:
    Andre Marriner also has a sideline business as a clown for childrens parties. He sometimes forgets which of his jobs he is doing, which leads to awful refereeing decisions.

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