Rayo Vallecano are one of the most loved teams in Spain. Whether you support Madrid or Barcelona you will no doubt have a soft spot for little Rayo. The club are loyal to their entertaining, possession based brand of football despite having literally no money to invest in players.
The club’s fans are also some of the best in Spanish football, with Rayo’s stadium often being one of the more atmospheric in the country. Their section of Ultras, the Bukaneros, are also well-known for protesting one thing or another.
By Tom Wilde – @TWilde91
They have been very critical of the Monday night slot in La Liga’s calendar as Rayo are quite often scheduled to play in it. In the match against Eibar tonight though, they have taken their protests to a whole new level.
Where the Ultras would normally sit started empty as part of the protest and in its place is a banner of the famous living room scene from The Simpsons; complete with people dressed as the cartoon family.
The message is a way of saying that this type of slot is more suited to watching from home than actually going to the game.
The scene was completed with a banner referencing Helen Lovejoy’s famous catchphrase: “But will someone please think of the children?” Kick-off times this late on a Monday evening are obviously not best suited for parents hoping to take their young children to see football.
A banner that had the name of Rayo’s Ultra group in a Simpsons styling remained throughout the match even after fans eventually took to their seats midway through the first half.
A superb effort from the Rayo fans.