Friday, February 3, 2012

Egypt Soccer Riot–Who to blame for ???

 

 

The riot that killed over 70 people and injured almost 1000 spectators is the hot sport topic of the world. Well.. I don’t want to give you a news about this event as all the news agencies have already covered it, but would like to see where sport is taking us and what command it has on an individual’s perception towards other team fans.

The fans of local Al-Masry team chasing the visiting Al-ahly team fans with knives and daggers, pelting stones towards them when they are crushed by nothing but a closed gate at the exit corridor doesn’t actually seem to be spontaneous, but a planned attack by whoever it is. The links of these riots will be dated back to an year where the military leader Hoshni Mubarak was brought down from power by the people and his supporters waiting for an opportunity to hit back at the protestors. I guess these riots have nothing to do with sport, but are elevated as a soccer riot by the media. A group of fans, “Ultras” blaming the police for letting the rivals attack them and promising to have their vengeance clearly indicates the political angle of this riots and the consequent protests at Tahrir Square made this a national problem.

‘Ultras who support Cairo's Al-Ahly and Zamalek clubs have long been bitter enemies of the police who wielded wide-ranging powers under Mubarak-era emergency law. The fans' anti-police songs, peppered with curses, usually go viral on the Internet, an expression of the hatred many Egyptians feel toward security forces.’ (Huffingtonpost News).

“A complete Crime” this is.. the parliament’s defense committee head Abbas Mekhimar says. And yeah.. I agree with him because a rampage targeting a group of people cannot be done instantaneously and over a spur of defeat. Whoever it is behind this, It can only be said that this riot has nothing to do with the sport though it has brought a malignant image to Soccer in Egypt and turns the world’s heads towards the country with yet another incident claiming 74 lives.

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