Riots in the stadiums in Morocco … a phenomenon that worries football fans

Rabat- Khaled Majzoub: From time to time in so much, the fun of football in the Moroccan stadiums is transformed in a nightmare that haunts everyone, due to the riots that are coming in all over the country. While families waited for their children to return from the stadium, they moved between courts and prisons in look for one via exit for them. The phenomenon of riots has recently been seen in Moroccan stadiums, which has raised fears of a repetition of the scenario of similar events in past, which resulted in dozens of victims, deaths or injuries. Joy and jubilation The joy of Moroccan football fans is transformed in rejoicing, after the riots that have increased in frequency since the beginning of the football season in course. Arrests were recorded in the hours following the sports matches in different cities. Minors and adults run out in prison after a football match, including the culprits and some of them found themselves in in the middle of the crater of the volcano to transform their life in hell, leaving behind a family that does not know where to escape from this fate. These riots repeat themselves, in what led to the arrest of 35 people in the city of Fez in mid-October, and 46 people at the end of October, to be added to 3 similar events last September, in the capital, Rabat, Casablanca and Oujda. And last June, 39 people were arrested in Oujda in following the riots following a meeting between Mouloudia, Oujda and Wydad. In March, the authorities announced the arrest of 160 people, including 90 minors, in in connection with the riots of a football match in Rabat. 3 reasons Ali Al-Shaabani, researcher in sociology, argued that the phenomenon of riots in stadiums has many cause, including education, safety and sport. He stressed that “the lack of classification by the sports teams for their fans is among the reasons, in addition to the clemency of the authorities with the minors entering the stadiums, which leads to illegality”. For various considerations, she highlighted “the lack of educational motivation and its absence in the socialization system, as well as the absence of the role of the family, which can no longer contain its football-obsessed children”. Before the start of some matches, the frequency of mutual accusations among the fans of the teams increases in race, especially on platforms social, which contribute to pouring oil on the fire and to fuel this phenomenon. For his part, the law did not prevent violence: Idris Obeis, researcher in the field of sport, confirmed that “the phenomenon has recently spread in some cities”. He explained: “The legislator has tried to enact law 09-09, which concerns violence in stadiums and sporting events”. He added: “Despite the activation of this law and the suspension of some fans, the phenomenon has not stopped, but has transformed in other more dangerous manifestations, in as much as the fan when he enters in prison turns in a leader within a certain faction. “According to Obeiss,” there are two categories of young people, the first creates entertainment and joy through banners and slogans, and they are young people who have values ​​and want to convey messages through sport. “And he added:” The second category exploits the first. and carries out violence inside or outside the stadium, as well as theft and carrying of weapons “. Possible alternatives to mitigate the phenomenon of violence in stadiums Obeis hoped for” the adoption of new monitoring mechanisms inside and around the stadiums, giving importance at the entrance in they through the national card and by preventing minors from doing so in permanently … and that they are far from the cities, with tighter control “. Obeis called for “the establishment of a national security cell to deal with unrest in stadiums to combat the phenomenon, with the need to find solutions at the level of schools, physical education and awareness campaigns on the phenomenon of unrest”. For his part, Al-Shaabani called on “sports teams, families, security and other organizations to play their role in containing this phenomenon, which is worrying everyone”. He highlighted the need to “activate the educational and media system to reduce violence in the stadiums of the Kingdom”. (Anatolia)