Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Soccer Stampede

Thinking of another blog post today, I came across a story from Egypt. 74 people are reported dead after Egyptian soccer fans stormed the field when a Cairo team and the most popular in the nation lost. Soccer riots are common, but in the Middle East, South America, Africa, and parts of Asia, fans take things too seriously.
There are often numerous injuries as a result from rowdy fans. It must be very tough to try to draw world class athletes to play in these places. National players are often under so much pressure, they have been killed. Remember AndrĂ©s Escobar? He was killed after "ruining" Columbia's world cup hopes. It surprised me when Qatar won the 2022 World Cup, not only because it's a desert, but because players and fans have to fear their safety!

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