Swiss football fans protest esports by throwing tennis balls and controllers onto pitch

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A Swiss Super League match between Young Boys and FC Basel over the weekend was interrupted by protests against the growing influence of esports (opens in new tab) on Swiss football teams, with fans throwing tennis balls and a PS4 controller onto the pitch.

During the protests, which held up the match for two minutes, fans from both sides also unfurled anti-esports banners, including one featuring a giant pause button (above) and one that simply said, rather pithily, "scheiss esports".

FC Basel has its own FIFA esports team. Young Boys does not but reports (summarised here on Nau.ch (opens in new tab)) suggest that league authorities are considering launching an official esports tournament in which every club would have to compete, which is likely what prompted the protests.

It happened 15 minutes into the match, while the score was still 0-0. You can see the fans throwing tennis balls and the controller onto the pitch in the clip below.

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Young Boys went on to win the match 7-1.

Thanks, Eurogamer (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.