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James Dorsey

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Anto is joined by Middle East football expert currently at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies and is the author of the Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer to discuss the stadium tragedy at Port Said this evening which resulted in at least 73 killed and up to 1,000 injuries in the hours after bloody confrontations. James provides us some background and insight into the background of the ultra movement in Egypt and how these elements have connection to the uprising in Egypt during the fall of Mubarak in the past year. And we also gauge some of the early impressions from the video broadcast around the world showing an overwhelming surge at the pitch and whether police unwillingness to control the violence may indicate some role in the proceedings either by act or omission, which will probably never be known or proven. We also explore the relationship between these ultra groups, their ideologies, motivations and ongoing resistance during the transition since Mubarak stepped down. We also try to examine what will face these ultra groups in the future and how the video evidence reveals some very chilling observations as the crowd has arrived armed and shows no hesitation or concern for the authorities on the scene, which erupted into savage violence at one end of the stadium later set on fire. James also provides clarity into how the players and national team is viewed by these ultra groups and what this will mean for former US National Team manager Bob Bradley who just took on the project of rebuilding the program.

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