Originally Posted by expatagogo
I had this conversation with an Egyptian friend the other night (as she was consoling me through some vicious thuggery going on outside). She told me Egyptians would never stand for having football taken away from them. I said, "Afghanis probably said the same thing."
The difficult part is going to be trying to get it back. They'll be treated like children who abused a privilege, and should be praying instead of thinking about a folly like football.
Sad, sad, sad.
Well football is to an egyptian what methadone is to a drug addict.
Makes them feel better but not quite the real thing.
At the end of the day these fans wanted to fight each other as they have done in the past and this time it go really nasty because the police could not or did not want to intervene. At the end of the day there would not have been 70+ killed had these egyptians not started fighting each other in the stadium and outside.
Remember the histeria for the match against Algeria a couple of years back. Then you had the regime asking people to chase algerians in Cairo and these so called football fans duly obeyed. There is a building here in zamalek which got trashed after the match with the algerians. Many Algerians were stabbed and attacked including their football team.