Swiss football fans stage tennis ball protest in Basel

Supporters of Swiss sides FC Basel and FC Luzern staged a tennis-themed protest at St Jakob-Park stadium on Sunday

Supporters of Swiss sides FC Basel and FC Luzern staged a tennis-themed protest at St Jakob-Park stadium on Sunday.

The Swiss Super League match between Basel and Luzern was moved to a 12.45pm kick-off by a Swiss television company so the match would be finished by 3pm – in time for the start of the ATP Basel tournament final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The supporters, clearly not impressed by the shift, chose to express their discontentment by hurling hundreds of tennis balls on the pitch. Kick-off was delayed as officials cleared the pitch only for fans to send a second wave to further defer the start of the clash.

The two sides eventually played out a 1-1 draw with Basel retaining top spot in the league. However, one famous Basel supporter did enjoy victory in the city on Sunday as Federer claimed his fourth title at the Swiss tournament in five years.

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