You Think Football Is Bad?

People say there is nothing like football in the South, from the rivalries to the tradition and the passion, there is just nothing like it.  Well take a little journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Egypt and you will find their situation is no joke.  In a Washington Post article Egyptian police deal with soccer protesters  in the capital city of Cairo.  The riots started Wednesday, February 1st in the city of Port Said in which 74 people died making it the worst soccer riot in 15 years. Fans were stabbing one another and undressing them and throwing them off of the bleachers, it was madness.   The riots after the soccer game have spurred political unrest as protesters marched to the Interior Ministry to protest the militaristic rule of Egypt a

nd are even vying to have the elections moved up 2 months.  The nation of Egypt is in a state of unrest, but is all of this the result of a soccer match? The riots have continued for 3 days and since the initial riot there have been twelve more deaths.

I understand why Egyptians are unhappy about the current political situation, but why the stabbings at the soccer game? Sure, football fans can go overboard, take the poisoning of the tree at Toomer’s Corner for instance. Crazy? Of course, but did anyone die? Heavens no. Yes you can go as far enough to say school such as Alabama and Auburn, or Ohio State and Michigan hate each other, but nobody kills anybody. I cannot think of reasoning for fans to kill one another unless of course there are different political views causing the two fan bases to hate each other. However I have not read that anywhere, so that hardly seems to be the case. What causes such deadly riots in Europe and other areas such as Egypt among soccer fans? Why do they resort to stabbing each other and setting things on fire? Who knows, but there is something like football in the South and it is soccer riots across the globe.

 

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  1. I agree with you in that the killings were totally unnecessary and could have been prevented. But in order to understand what came to this we must first examine the events that led up to this. Well first and foremost Egypt has been in a state of unrest long before the soccer riot. One of the many causes has partly to deal with Hosni Mubarak the former president of Egypt for 30 years of autocratic rule. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/egypt/index.html And as a result of his resignation the Egyptian military had to step in as temporary rule until the new democratically elected officials could be ushered in. However, many people in Egypt are tired of waiting, and have negative views of the Egyptian military. It seems to me that the Egyptian military are dragging their feet in allowing the newly elected officials to rule. But with the recent riots that you have mentioned this transition of power might happen sooner rather than later. Another factor we must examine is the economy of Egypt. As Annie Lowery has mentioned in her article “Protesting on an Empty Stomach” http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/01/protesting_on_an_empty_stomach.html , she states that while Egypt’s gross domestic product has increased, only the elite upper class has profited from it. Lowery goes on to mention that the majority of the youth are unemployed and have no opportunities for economic growth. And if that wasn’t bad enough, food prices have significantly increased, leaving many people of the lower classes struggling for sustenance. So now we fast forward to the day of the soccer riot, many people are economically and politically uncertain. The tensions are running high and the riots erupt.

  2. With political tensions comes stress, and it seems that in trying to alleviate that stress at fun events such as soccer (football), this stress is only relieved by killing one another, sadly. Maybe because the government won’t really stop people initially, many think they can get away with it (“why not if you can get away with it” is what some would think).
    Soccer in the European area and others may be more tense because the people there are more “passionate” as well. As mentioned in an earlier article– plenty of people in the south “fake” their love for the sport because they were born there. However those in other parts of the world may be more dedicated to their sport, choosing to love it for the soul purpose of loving it rather than feeling forced into it. Or maybe it is because soccer is a much faster paced game than football, tensing up the crowd and leading to more riots. Political views to come into account during this terrible occurrence in Egypt, however that may not be true for other areas of the world.

    Or maybe soccer.. or football (however you want to say it–it can be confusing), is just THAT good. There are many possible factors.

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