UEFA wants Sporting to remove ‘violent’ wallpaper in stadium

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

The interior decorating division of UEFA has taken issue with Portuguese club Sporting's choice of photographs used as wallpaper inside their stadium. Yes, UEFA has other matters like match fixing, racism, homophobia and corruption so totally under control that they're now spending their time worrying about wallpaper.

From Reuters:

"The scenes depicted in the images are clearly contrary to the values of respect and tolerance UEFA works hard to promote," European football's governing body said in a statement on Wednesday.

The images, plastered on wallpaper on the walls of the Alvalade stadium's tunnel leading to the pitch, show a group of aggressive-looking, masked fans clashing with stadium stewards. One of the fans is pictured burning a flare, an illegal object to bring inside stadiums in Portugal.

"UEFA has a zero-tolerance approach to violence and these images show at the very least an ambivalent position towards fan trouble and fan violence," UEFA said, explaining its decision to request that the club remove or cover the images for UEFA matches.

Sporting has previously said that the wallpaper is "part of management's decision to show respect for the history of the club and its fans" and that UEFA and the Portuguese Liga have both praised the images in the past.

So as this wallpaper standoff digs in, we can all rest assured that this is truly the best use of everyone's time.