Football Fan Hires Crane After He Receives A Stadium Ban
Football fans will go to great lengths to see their football team play, but just how many could beat this fan in Turkey, who actually hired a crane so he could watch after getting a stadium ban?
While some people will do pretty much anything to see their team play - ditching plans, travelling the length of the country and probably selling a couple of organs to make it happen - they usually go to those extreme measures to at least be inside the stadium, not stood on a platform above the stands.
Well, that's exactly what happened to one fan in Turkey. According to BirGun, the Denizlispor fan had been given a stadium ban (goodness knows why), so for their game against Gaziantepspor he rented a crane and watched from there.
And it certainly was money well spent for the fan of the TFF First League team (the second tier of Turkish football), as the Roosters ran out 5-0 winners against their opposition.
Mind you, it could well be a pretty expensive year for him as he's banned for a year from the stadium - and no doubt he'll have ruefully observed just how many empty seats there are that he could've sat in otherwise.
He's not the only footie fan to go to interesting lengths to show their love for their team. One Flamengo fan was so devoted that he even got his whole club shirt tattooed onto his body
The 33-year-old Brazilian decided that for the love of his football club, Flamengo, he would get the design of their 2015 shirt tattooed to his body - only the shirt sponsors are missing from the artwork.
Vice reports that the body art took a whole year, taking up 32 sessions which resulted in 90 hours of him being tattooed. That sounds like a lot of pain to end up looking like a £40 t-shirt.
Dos Anjos told Vice exactly why he decided to get the elaborate tat, saying: "I always wanted to have a Flamengo tattoo, ever since I became a fan as a child... I got a vulture [the team mascot] with the Flamengo shield on my biceps.
"Last year, I decided to get a tattoo of the jersey, which is something I'd actually been wanting to get for a while.
"But I thought it would be too expensive - between R$10,000 (£2,000) and R$15,000 (£3,000). So I chose to get something smaller, that covered only part of my shoulder and chest.
"The tattoo artist asked for R$800 (£165), but as we chatted he told me he'd do the entire jersey at no extra cost, just for the exposure."
Unsurprisingly Mauricio was asked if he regretted getting inked at any part of the process, but he simply said: "Trust me, I never felt any regret."
You've got to admire the dedication of football fandom in Brazil.
The Flamengo fan is married with three children and even had another tattoo relating to his eldest daughter inked over for the club shirt.
He added: "I have one [tattoo] for my eldest daughter - her footprint, with her name and date of birth. It was on my back, but the jersey tattoo covered it, so I'll redo that one somewhere else."
He revealed he still wears a Flamengo shirt twice a week, but walks around the house topless, obviously.
At least he probably won't be getting the shorts or socks inked on though, adding: I may get another tattoo related to Flamengo, perhaps on my leg or my arm. But I'm not going to get anything as big as this."
So you may think you love your football club, but do you love it enough to get your entire torso inked up... or to hire a crane to see a match?
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