Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PHOTOS: Argentina Wins at Busch Stadium, Bosnians Celebrate Anyway - With Flare

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

click to enlarge Fans of Bosnia-Herzegovina's national soccer team light flares at Busch Stadium. SEE ALL PHOTOS - RIVERFRONT TIMES

Their team may have lost, but St. Louis Bosnians went wild watching a world-class soccer friendly last night in a game largely overshadowed by America's love for Monday Night Football.

Nearly all of the 30,000 fans at the game were loud-and-proud Bosnians, some even setting of flares in Busch Stadium, earning cheers from fellow soccer diehards and anger from Cardinals fans who don't like seeing fire on their baseball field.

"Women can't bring purses to NFL games but Bosnians can bring flares into Busch Stadium. This is USA, not Bosnia!" one irate commenter posted on STLToday.com. "No fires! How many arrests were made? Or were they all given the sympathy pass? It's time to take back St. Louis! Zero tolerance for animalistic behavior!"

See also: Photos: Bosnia and Herzegovina's Home-Away-From-Home Game

St. Louis may be a soccer town, but angry tweets reminded soccer fans that the game is still a fringe interest in America's wide world of sports.

The international friendly played a little under the radar for most sports fans, who were watching the Carolina Panthers steal a 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots during Monday Night Football. Even folks in St. Louis weren't sure why body-painted Bosnians had taken over their town last night.

See more photos of the game and fans after the jump.

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