With All The Corruption And Politics That Have Been Involved In Sports Over The Years Both In The – Term Paper Example
Egyptian Football Riots Massive riots occurred at Port Said Stadium, Egypt on 1st February, in a match between two Premier League teams, El Mastry and El Ahly clubs. About 72 people were killed and 500 others injured when El Mastry fans attacked El Ahly spectators using knives, stones and bottles (Tuastad, 2013). During the riots, the El Ahly fans, which were mostly the Ultras Ahlaway were targeted due to their anti government chants during the match and also because they were anti SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces). Security irregularities prior to the start of the match such as conducting no security search at the entrance thus allowing weapons to be smuggled in the field were blamed for the scuffle that ensued thereafter.
During the protests, the police refused to open the gates so that the crowds could escape and also they did nothing to contain the situation. The government was actually retaliating towards the Ultra’s Ahlawy, who were majorly involved in Tahir Square during the Egyptian Revolution protests and also during the SCAF Tantawy rule (Weaver & Adam, 2012). The El Ahly Ultras had been specifically targeted as they had called on the SCAF to step down and their open mockery of the previous regime. The Ultras had been the largest organized resistant group after the Muslim Brotherhood.
For a long time, sports and politics have had an intimate relationship. Politicians have always used sport for their own political purposes and on the other hand, sports movements usually invite political actors into the sport family (Jerzak, 2013). Sports can be used as a means of political awareness and also as a means of redirecting serious political circumstances from the political scene to the sport realm. This does not necessarily mean that the political problem has been done away with but that while watching sports we are also watching politics.
Jerzak, C. 2013. Ultras in Egypt: State, Revolution and the Power of Public Space. A Journal for and About Social Movements.5(2): 240- 262.
Tuastad, D. 2013. From Football Riot to Revolution: The Political Role of Football in the Arab World. Soccer and Society. 15(3): 376- 388.
Weaver, M & Adam, G. 2012. Port Said Football Disaster- 2 February 2012. The Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/2012/feb/02/egypt-port-said-football-dsaster-live-updates.