2. april 2013
Posterboy-fascisten Paolo Di Canio er blevet manager for den engelske fodboldklub Sunderland FC, og det skaber splittelse i klubbens bagland, skriver Ekstra Bladet. I Egypten er de lidt mere ‘rummelige’. Fra The Long War Journal – Social Media Jihad: Soccer fanatics with a ‘jihadist mentality’.
“If you are a fan of a professional sports team, chances are you have either witnessed or heard stories of other fans who take their hobby too far. Soccer (“football” outside of the US) fans in numerous countries have experienced hooliganism because some of their fellow onlookers translate on-the-field action into a matter of life and death importance. To choose just one example from many: more than 70 people were killed in early 2012 when fans of rival teams brawled at the Port Said stadium in Egypt.
That riot, along with other acts of violence and vandalism, has brought additional attention to Egypt’s “ultras” — diehard fans who organize around their favorite teams. …
Incredibly, some ultras have fused their passion for soccer with a “jihadist mentality.” At least, that is what a Facebook page devoted to the Ultras Yellow Dragons is now marketing. The Ultras Yellow Dragons are fans of the Ismaily Sporting Club, which is based in Ismailia, a city in northeastern Egypt on the west bank of the Suez Canal. …
One advertisement posted on Facebook, seen at the top of this post, features a t-shirt being sold by members of the Ultras Yellow Dragons. If you want to show you are fan of the team, what better way is there than by wearing a shirt featuring Osama bin Laden and other jihadist leaders?
A Facebook post explains that the shirt was modified between the first and second batches sold to the public. The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s deceased leader, Yasser Arafat, was featured on the shirt first offered. Arafat was replaced with Hamas co-founder Ahmed Yassin in the second batch because, according to the group, he was more representative of the “jihadist mentality.” …
The t-shirt ad, which was posted in January, is apparently not a one-off sort of thing. … The picture shows the Ultras Yellow Dragons flying a flag with Osama bin Laden’s face on it before or after a game at Ismailia Stadium.“
(Ultras Yellow Dragons, Ismaily Sporting Club, Egypten)
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