The most popular sport in the world is once again tainted with the blood of its fans due to a riot which sparked during a Moroccan soccer match. According to reports, overwhelming emotions went uncontrolled during a soccer match riot in the western Moroccan city of Casablanca leaving 2 people dead and more than 40 others injured.
The incident specifically took place at the Mohammed V stadium on Saturday night while home team Raja de Casablanca is fighting against Chabab Rif Al Hoceima. According to bleacherreport, the riot began after the final whistle, signalling the defeat of the home team against Chabab Rif Al Hoceima, two to one.
After the said incident, it was reported that 30 rioters have been arrested. And as consequences sanction were made by ruling committees.
“Raja, the second ranking team in the North African country after rival Wydad Casablanca, was sanctioned on Sunday by the Royal Federation of Moroccan Football, which said it “deplored” the violence.
The team will not be allowed an audience for their next five games, and must pay a fine of 100,000 Moroccan dirhams (approx. $13,488 CDN),” Global News said.
This is not the first time that a soccer match turned into a riot. There were previous soccer events that resulted in a bloodbath. It can be remembered that during May 24, 1964, a soccer match hostility took place the National Stadium of Lima, Peru.
The said incident accordingly took the life of 318 individuals and wounding other audiences present. The said soccer game was an Olympic qualifying match between two opposing countries Peru and Argentina. And because of the gruesome incident which took place during that day, “The National Stadium Disaster” was included in the book of Stephen J. Spignesi, “The 100 Greatest Disasters of All Time.”
“The crowd was at a fever pitch and people lit fires in the stands and broke every window in the stadium. The ridiculously outnumbered police were terrified and reacted by lobbing tear gas grenades into the stands and firing live rounds over the heads of the mob.
Thousands rushed the iron doors leading out of the stadium, but, as is the custom during play, they were all locked. An eighteen-month-old girl was crushed to death when her father lost his grip on her. Others choked to death on the thick cloud of tear gas,” a book excerpt via oddculture.
This latest soccer match riot and the pervading events are a testament to the passion of both fans and players in relevance to the sports. That is why amidst a heated soccer match official should be well prepared for a spark of any form of riots or fans’ skirmish to avoid sacrifice of life in this event dubbed as “the beautiful game.”
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