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Politics and football

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First, we must recognise that football is a patriotic and political game, as the fans cheer for teams first and foremost based on their nationality and politics. It could also be seen as a political tool and manipulator, as the countries have funded them and spent billions of dollars on them. Football also tends to show the national emotions, tendencies, approaches, biases and rivalries during the games in the form of the people’s expression of their affiliations and national and religious loyalty. For example, I believe that many cheered for the Moroccan, Egyptian and Tunisian teams in the World Cup based on national or religious reasons. We also must not forget that some Arabs rooted for the Russian team against the Saudi team for political reasons. Therefore, the national and political link plays a major role in the masses’ cheering for one team or another.

Despite the fact that the World Cup took place in Russia and Russia tried to whitewash its crimes committed in Syria and show itself in a different light, this did not stop the Arab masses, from the ocean to the Gulf, from being happy when it was beaten by Croatia. They mocked Putin and praised the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The social media sites, which have become a means to gauge the masses’ feelings and........

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