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The decision causes anger among the fans. Why does Morocco delay the opening of football stadiums to the fans?

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The decision causes anger among the fans. Why does Morocco delay the opening of football stadiums to the fans?

Sports stadiums in Morocco remained the only public space closed to football fans in particular, after the Moroccan government decided, on the ninth of November, to lift the night curfew, allow funerals and weddings and lift closure decisions on places known Human gatherings, such as theaters, cinemas, and public baths.

Congestion stands behind the “mystery” of the continuation of the closure

Excluding sports stadiums from the decisions to end the closure frustrated Moroccan football fans, and expressed their great dissatisfaction with preventing them from what they consider “the right” to return to the space that is an outlet for them, and a natural place to spend weekends to encourage their favorite teams, after nearly more than a year. And half a year after it was banned.

The continued closure of the stands in the face of its visitors was considered a mystery, especially since many neighboring countries such as Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt began to lift the ban on their sports stadiums, and allowed the public to attend in the stands for the matches of their national teams to calculate the last round of qualifying for the World Cup finals, knowing that Moroccan officials They have been talking about “Morocco’s leadership” in combating the epidemic at the continental and regional level and its progress in improving the epidemiological situation over other neighboring countries, so what are the reasons that delayed the restoration of life for Moroccan stadiums?

Data obtained by “Araby Post” from identical sources revealed that the real reason that delayed the opening of football stadiums in particular to the public is the state of congestion experienced by the Moroccan street, which rejects some of the decisions taken by the new government, foremost of which is the imposition of vaccination permits for citizens. Moroccans to enter public places and to move freely between cities, prefectures and regions.

The Ministry of Education’s initial decision to stipulate that everyone who wants to run for work in teaching must not exceed thirty years of age increased the intensity of the protests and the anger of the Moroccan street, which led citizens in most cities to demonstrate against them, expressing their rejection of such decisions, including a large segment of the Moroccan public. .

The authorities fear that the recent wave of protests will move from the streets to the stadiums, which have always been in force, through which Moroccan youth send their political messages, through chants, banners and slogans directed against the government, which have received great resonance nationally and internationally, given the wide media coverage that football matches enjoy. foot.

What increased the fear of the Moroccan authorities were the calls made by activists rejecting the latest government decisions, through social media platforms on the Internet, addressed to the “ultras” factions’ encouraging Moroccan clubs, to go with them to the street as they constitute an effective protest force in view of the large numbers of its members, And her ability to influence the rest of the masses who are not affiliated, as well as her ability to create and innovate in ways of protest, as a result of her great experience in the “conflict” with the security authorities.

Security forces accused of causing the death of a fan

Another incident that “imposed” the continued closure of stadiums on the Moroccan authorities, is related to the death of the fan Youssef, who belongs to the “Green Boys” faction, which supports Raja sports, which is very popular, especially as his mother accuses the security forces of causing his death, by pushing and beating him severely.

The hashtag “Justice for Youssef” invaded various social media platforms, especially “Facebook”, the most popular in Morocco, and “Twitter”.

According to a report by the “Green Boys” faction, and his mother’s version, the death of the cheerleader Youssef was due to the security men, who beat him all over his body, after one of the cyclists chasing him pushed him, before he was affected by his injuries and died, noting that the cameras broadcast on the stations ” Tramway” documented the details of the incident.

While Youssef’s mother confirmed, through a video clip, published on the official page of the Rajawi faction, that her son did not die as a result of a traffic accident, but was killed, forcing the General Directorate of Moroccan National Security to issue a statement declaring that it “deals with the necessary seriousness with the recordings and digital content published in networks Social media, which deals with the circumstances and circumstances of the incident.

This incident united the various factions of the Moroccan “Ultras”, and its members participated heavily in the “Justice for Youssef” hashtag, but many of them took to the street demanding to reveal the truth about the death of their colleague, which promises to boil in the stands of Moroccan stadiums if they are opened at the present time to the angry public. From the security authorities, and from the Moroccan government.

The social conditions in Morocco have worsened since last year, due to the recession caused by the ban and closure decisions, bearing in mind that the largest segment of the Moroccan people belongs to unstructured sectors, which have not received any government compensation due to the great damage caused by the quarantine, which makes football stadiums a “bomb.” It may explode, as continuing to close it remains a “wise decision for the time being,” according to what Arab Post sources said.

Moroccan public unites against the “lockdown”

The death of the fan Youssef was not the only one that united the football fans in Morocco, but also the demand to reopen stadiums in their face, and not to be excluded from the decisions to end the closure of public spaces.

The methods of demanding the opening of the stadiums differed from one audience to another. At a time when most fans chose to express their dissatisfaction with the continued closure of the stadiums for nearly twenty months, through posts and tweets on social media platforms, the “Black Army” faction, which supports the Royal Army Club, descended down to earth.

The members of the faction entered Moulay Abdallah Stadium in Rabat in the absence of security guards and raised a banner against the closure, and another linking what it considers “the high level of awareness in the stadiums and the continuation of the closure”, while another banner expressed its displeasure after allowing some “stars of social media platforms”, They are close to and members of the families of those responsible for Moroccan football, whether in the Moroccan Football Association or in clubs, in the presence of the two matches of the Moroccan national team against the teams of Sudan and Guinea, while the real Moroccan fans were prevented from entering the stadium.

Promises evaporate and officials remain silent

What confirms the data revealed by “Arabi Post” sources regarding the real reasons for not opening the stadiums so far, are the reports that spoke more than a month ago about the approaching opening of the stands in the face of the fans, especially with the announcement of downloading a special protocol for the Moroccan football fans, which includes a group of the conditions.

The conditions were set in the gradual filling of the stands by 50%, in an initial stage, to be gradually lifted, and the necessity of having a vaccination permit, to be given with match tickets at the security control points on the sides of the stadium and its entrances, as previously mentioned by Fawzi Lakjaa, President The Moroccan Football Association said that, weeks ago, the stadiums were about to open with the improvement of the epidemiological situation, while many media reports indicated that the two rounds that the Moroccan team played in the World Cup qualifiers will know the presence of the public without this being achieved.

“Arabi Post” contacted a prominent official in the Moroccan Federation, and inquired about the reasons for the delay in restoring the warmth of the stadiums, at a time when life returned to the various football leagues in the world, as the same source confirmed that the Moroccan Federation is in constant communication with health interests, In order to find a formula for reopening the stadiums, because it is the authority authorized to make such decisions.

For his part, Khaled Ait Al-Talib, Minister of Health, did not provide any clarifications regarding the date of the masses’ return, during a session in Parliament, last Friday, as he told the press that the concerned ministry is still following up on the epidemiological situation before making final decisions in this regard.

While Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Primary Education and Sports, avoided talking about the issue of the return of sports fans to the national stadiums, during the weekly oral questions session, held last Monday, in the House of Representatives, after Mohamed Boudriga, the parliamentary representative of the National Rally of Independents team, took advantage of him. The speech was in the context of a comment, to re-introduce the issue, especially since he had directed a written question to the Minister of Sports earlier.

Benmoussa did not address the issue of the return of the masses during his answer to the oral questions programmed in the session, although Boudriga, who previously headed the Directorial Office of Raja Sports for Football, reinforced his question by talking about the remnants of the closure included in the budget of the national clubs, which are now experiencing a real crisis after being deprived from ticket sales.

The parliamentarian suggested gradually reopening the stadiums to the Moroccan public, returning sports youth to their natural places that they want to go to in the stands, and relieving the club crisis thanks to ticket revenues. However, the minister preferred to avoid talking about the issue once and for all.


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Sports stadiums in Morocco remained the only public space closed to football fans in particular, after the Moroccan government decided, on the ninth of November, to lift the night curfew, allow funerals and weddings and lift closure decisions on places known Human gatherings, such as theaters, cinemas, and public baths.

Congestion stands behind the “mystery” of the continuation of the closure

Excluding sports stadiums from the decisions to end the closure frustrated Moroccan football fans, and expressed their great dissatisfaction with preventing them from what they consider “the right” to return to the space that is an outlet for them, and a natural place to spend weekends to encourage their favorite teams, after nearly more than a year. And half a year after it was banned.

The continued closure of the stands in the face of its visitors was considered a mystery, especially since many neighboring countries such as Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt began to lift the ban on their sports stadiums, and allowed the public to attend in the stands for the matches of their national teams to calculate the last round of qualifying for the World Cup finals, knowing that Moroccan officials They have been talking about “Morocco’s leadership” in combating the epidemic at the continental and regional level and its progress in improving the epidemiological situation over other neighboring countries, so what are the reasons that delayed the restoration of life for Moroccan stadiums?

Data obtained by “Araby Post” from identical sources revealed that the real reason that delayed the opening of football stadiums in particular to the public is the state of congestion experienced by the Moroccan street, which rejects some of the decisions taken by the new government, foremost of which is the imposition of vaccination permits for citizens. Moroccans to enter public places and to move freely between cities, prefectures and regions.

The Ministry of Education’s initial decision to stipulate that everyone who wants to run for work in teaching must not exceed thirty years of age increased the intensity of the protests and the anger of the Moroccan street, which led citizens in most cities to demonstrate against them, expressing their rejection of such decisions, including a large segment of the Moroccan public. .

The authorities fear that the recent wave of protests will move from the streets to the stadiums, which have always been in force, through which Moroccan youth send their political messages, through chants, banners and slogans directed against the government, which have received great resonance nationally and internationally, given the wide media coverage that football matches enjoy. foot.

What increased the fear of the Moroccan authorities were the calls made by activists rejecting the latest government decisions, through social media platforms on the Internet, addressed to the “ultras” factions’ encouraging Moroccan clubs, to go with them to the street as they constitute an effective protest force in view of the large numbers of its members, And her ability to influence the rest of the masses who are not affiliated, as well as her ability to create and innovate in ways of protest, as a result of her great experience in the “conflict” with the security authorities.

Security forces accused of causing the death of a fan

Another incident that “imposed” the continued closure of stadiums on the Moroccan authorities, is related to the death of the fan Youssef, who belongs to the “Green Boys” faction, which supports Raja sports, which is very popular, especially as his mother accuses the security forces of causing his death, by pushing and beating him severely.

The hashtag “Justice for Youssef” invaded various social media platforms, especially “Facebook”, the most popular in Morocco, and “Twitter”.

According to a report by the “Green Boys” faction, and his mother’s version, the death of the cheerleader Youssef was due to the security men, who beat him all over his body, after one of the cyclists chasing him pushed him, before he was affected by his injuries and died, noting that the cameras broadcast on the stations ” Tramway” documented the details of the incident.

While Youssef’s mother confirmed, through a video clip, published on the official page of the Rajawi faction, that her son did not die as a result of a traffic accident, but was killed, forcing the General Directorate of Moroccan National Security to issue a statement declaring that it “deals with the necessary seriousness with the recordings and digital content published in networks Social media, which deals with the circumstances and circumstances of the incident.

This incident united the various factions of the Moroccan “Ultras”, and its members participated heavily in the “Justice for Youssef” hashtag, but many of them took to the street demanding to reveal the truth about the death of their colleague, which promises to boil in the stands of Moroccan stadiums if they are opened at the present time to the angry public. From the security authorities, and from the Moroccan government.

The social conditions in Morocco have worsened since last year, due to the recession caused by the ban and closure decisions, bearing in mind that the largest segment of the Moroccan people belongs to unstructured sectors, which have not received any government compensation due to the great damage caused by the quarantine, which makes football stadiums a “bomb.” It may explode, as continuing to close it remains a “wise decision for the time being,” according to what Arab Post sources said.

Moroccan public unites against the “lockdown”

The death of the fan Youssef was not the only one that united the football fans in Morocco, but also the demand to reopen stadiums in their face, and not to be excluded from the decisions to end the closure of public spaces.

The methods of demanding the opening of the stadiums differed from one audience to another. At a time when most fans chose to express their dissatisfaction with the continued closure of the stadiums for nearly twenty months, through posts and tweets on social media platforms, the “Black Army” faction, which supports the Royal Army Club, descended down to earth.

The members of the faction entered Moulay Abdallah Stadium in Rabat in the absence of security guards and raised a banner against the closure, and another linking what it considers “the high level of awareness in the stadiums and the continuation of the closure”, while another banner expressed its displeasure after allowing some “stars of social media platforms”, They are close to and members of the families of those responsible for Moroccan football, whether in the Moroccan Football Association or in clubs, in the presence of the two matches of the Moroccan national team against the teams of Sudan and Guinea, while the real Moroccan fans were prevented from entering the stadium.

Promises evaporate and officials remain silent

What confirms the data revealed by “Arabi Post” sources regarding the real reasons for not opening the stadiums so far, are the reports that spoke more than a month ago about the approaching opening of the stands in the face of the fans, especially with the announcement of downloading a special protocol for the Moroccan football fans, which includes a group of the conditions.

The conditions were set in the gradual filling of the stands by 50%, in an initial stage, to be gradually lifted, and the necessity of having a vaccination permit, to be given with match tickets at the security control points on the sides of the stadium and its entrances, as previously mentioned by Fawzi Lakjaa, President The Moroccan Football Association said that, weeks ago, the stadiums were about to open with the improvement of the epidemiological situation, while many media reports indicated that the two rounds that the Moroccan team played in the World Cup qualifiers will know the presence of the public without this being achieved.

“Arabi Post” contacted a prominent official in the Moroccan Federation, and inquired about the reasons for the delay in restoring the warmth of the stadiums, at a time when life returned to the various football leagues in the world, as the same source confirmed that the Moroccan Federation is in constant communication with health interests, In order to find a formula for reopening the stadiums, because it is the authority authorized to make such decisions.

For his part, Khaled Ait Al-Talib, Minister of Health, did not provide any clarifications regarding the date of the masses’ return, during a session in Parliament, last Friday, as he told the press that the concerned ministry is still following up on the epidemiological situation before making final decisions in this regard.

While Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Primary Education and Sports, avoided talking about the issue of the return of sports fans to the national stadiums, during the weekly oral questions session, held last Monday, in the House of Representatives, after Mohamed Boudriga, the parliamentary representative of the National Rally of Independents team, took advantage of him. The speech was in the context of a comment, to re-introduce the issue, especially since he had directed a written question to the Minister of Sports earlier.

Benmoussa did not address the issue of the return of the masses during his answer to the oral questions programmed in the session, although Boudriga, who previously headed the Directorial Office of Raja Sports for Football, reinforced his question by talking about the remnants of the closure included in the budget of the national clubs, which are now experiencing a real crisis after being deprived from ticket sales.

The parliamentarian suggested gradually reopening the stadiums to the Moroccan public, returning sports youth to their natural places that they want to go to in the stands, and relieving the club crisis thanks to ticket revenues. However, the minister preferred to avoid talking about the issue once and for all.

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