I wonder if any meetings have been scheduled this week at HSG to go over the design of ULHOWA one more time from the perspective of correcting any potential design flaws that would make fan player confrontations a possibility. Given the bad rep that soccer fans have in the mainstream conciousness it might be a worthwhile endeavor. While nothing at a Dallas Burn game has ever been anywhere near to what occured in Detroit last Friday night at the Pistons-Pacers game, there have been several instances of altercations between players and fans which could have easily escalated to that point had the players run into the stands with their "dukes" up. Southlake Dragon stadium was a time bomb waiting to go off as visiting players would walk behind the bleachers were the supporters groups on their way to the pitch. It almost did on DC's first visit to Dallas after Kovalenko had ended O'Brien season. The supporter's greeted DC with 50 or so signs written in Cyrillic and Russian telling Kovalenko to "have a nice day". During warmups both Kovalenko and Stoichkov were riled up and tried to provoke fans. Fortunately, they never left the pitch and the fans never left the stands as the confrontations remained strictly verbal in nature. Dallas fans also were treated to a view Hudson's arse as pulled down his shorts and told them to kiss it. Back in 2000, DC came to town and a few Burn fans located behind the DC's bench were relentless with the Ronald McDonald chants. Albright, eventually lost it dropping a couple of F-bombs and then launching his water bottle into the stands. Nothing more than verbal abuse ensued, but this had a chance to get real ugly. Sweeper33's chants of "Petke must die!" evolved into "Jolley must die!" once Petke got the red card. As Dallas beat the Metros late in the game Jolley lost control and tried to come into the stands but was restrained by security and some of his teammates. I asked Jolley about that incident earlier this year at the first Town Hall meeting and he said that it wasn't the chanting that got him riled up, but that the fact that somebody clocked him with a coin as he was leaving the pitch. Had Jolley not been restrained a riot would have ensued. Stupid actions are not preventable, such as what happened at the home opener of the 99 season, as Dallas was pasting KC 4-0, a drunk fan ran onto the field and started taunting Preki. He was promptly decked by 3 or 4 KC players. However, management can be responsible for creating a volatile situation such as when they allow their mascot to provoke the fans as Dallas fans experienced in Denver during the playoff game in 2002. The dude in a Slurpee outfit blasted the Dallas fans with his high powered water gun. It took an extraordinary effort of self control to not jump over the fence on the field to kick the living daylights out of the idiot in the clown suit. So while I don't expect HSG to be announcing the ULHOWA moat (like they have at the Centenario in Montevideo), I hope HSG is checking all of their security contingencies twice. As my brother used to tell me: - "Mas vale prevenir, que morir!"