Bastia Official’s Hunger BanBy: The Offside | December 14th, 2012
There are a number of things in this world which are worthy of a hunger strike. Poverty. War. Racism. Ligue 1 stadium bans are somewhere in there too, apparently. At least according to Jo Bonavita, Bastia’s 73 year old official, who will be doing without the supple fruits of this world in protest over his beloved club’s stadium ban for multiple instances of violence. Suppose there’s something to be said for knowing no limits in fighting for the things in which one believes.
Of course, when your fans are misbehaving outside of what is already a closed-door match…
The disciplinary commission of the French League (LFP) imposed the sanction on Thursday after fans threw a barrage of fireworks outside the Furiani stadium in Corsica on Wednesday as Bastia’s 2-1 defeat by Marseille was played behind closed doors.
“Outraged by the decision, Jo Bonavita, responsible for the logistics at the club, has decided to start a hunger strike this morning in the light of the sanctions imposed by the LFP,” the club said. The 73-year-old Bonavita is a much-loved figure at Bastia, where he has been working since 1981.
Also a good excuse for those needing a cause to aid in shedding those holiday pounds, before or after the fact. Or skip your aunt’s disgusting cooking, for that matter.