The reported invasion of “Žalgiris” fans in Barcelona not only created a buzz in the basketball community but also shed light on the administrative challenges faced by the “Barcelona” team during their match on Friday. According to Spanish media, the sheer number of “Žalgiris” supporters admitted to the game resulted in unexpected issues for the Catalan side.
The root of the problem lay in the surplus of tickets sold to fans of the Lithuanian team, exceeding the capacity of the usual sector on the second floor designated for visiting supporters. This forced organizers to hastily reorganize the tribunes, scattering “Žalgiris” fans across various areas of the arena. This impromptu adjustment, however, not only disrupted the usual seating arrangements but also sparked conflict, leading to the expulsion of a passionate Kaunas team supporter towards the conclusion of the match.
“Mundo Deportivo” highlighted the unconventional presence of several Lithuanian groups in sections traditionally occupied by loyal “Barcelona” supporters and season ticket holders. Some even managed to position themselves close to the ‘Barça’ players’ bench, a clear violation of standard match protocols.
As tensions escalated, the clash between the stray “Žalgiris” groups and ‘Barça’ fans reached a point where one fervent supporter had to be forcibly removed from the arena, marking a rather unfortunate conclusion to what was meant to be a spirited basketball event.
Despite the overwhelming presence of “Žalgiris” fans at the “Palau Blaugrana,” their collective enthusiasm could not alter the fate of Andrea Trinchieri’s team, who succumbed to a 73:91 defeat. This loss marked the 14th for “Žalgiris” in 21 rounds, leaving the team trailing behind in the relegation zone by 4 victories. The unexpected off-court drama coupled with the on-court defeat added a challenging chapter to “Žalgiris’s” season, leaving fans and analysts alike reflecting on the broader implications of the incident.