Racist Danish football scout sacked in England

This video says about itself:

18 February 2011

Racism in association football (known in the US as soccer) is the abuse of players, officials and fans because of their skin colour, nationality, religion or ethnicity. Some may be targeted (also) because of their association with an opposing team. However, there have been instances of individuals being targeted by their own fans.

By Kadeem Simmonds in Britain:

Disgraced ex-scout owns up to vile Facebook posts

Friday 16th January 2015

But Aakjaer denies the messages were racist

Disgraced Manchester United scout Torben Aakjaer yesterday admitted to posting racist messages on Facebook but insisted that he was not a racist.

Aakjaer was sacked on Wednesday night after the Guardian discovered offensive images and messages about Muslims on his Facebook account.

He used his social media account to support Denmark closing its borders and putting “extra personnel on every crossover and exit so all that eastern Europe dirt and shit can be kept out,” as well as a message of support for right-wing Dansk Folkeparti’s views on border control.

Despite initially saying he was “hacked by someone who doesn’t like me or Manchester United,” the former scout has now owned up to the messages — one a picture of six pigs with the caption: “It’s time to deploy our secret weapons against Islamists,” — blaming the media for portraying him as a racist.

He told Danish newspapers: “I do understand if people are offended by that comment (calling eastern Europeans dirt and shit,) but I think it’s just my statement to the article linked to. It’s not a racist comment. But I do understand Manchester United terminating my contract when they get it presented this way.” …

“If there was anything racist in my comments I’m sure Facebook would have deleted it or I would have been reported by people. But that has never happened.”

No, Mr Aakjaer, you certainly can not be sure about Facebook deleting that.

The British racists and Adolf Hitler admirers, National Action, have their own, undeleted, Facebook page.

So have their fellow nazis, the English Defense League.

So have yet more nazis, Britain First.

So has Marine Le Pen, fuehrer of the National Front in France.

So have the Dutch Third Reich nostalgics, the Nederlandse Volksunie.

Talking about the Netherlands: fans of Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders have a Facebook page on which recently setting mosques on fire was advocated.

The Golden Dawn neo-nazis of Greece extensively use Facebook for their propaganda.

Aakjaer’s Facebook also contained a conversation with a friend about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in which his friend said that he hopes France “throws the rest of all that shit they have in their country out.”

Aakjaer replied: “Couldn’t agree more. Let’s hope other countries including our beloved Denmark follows that example efficiently.”

Asked why United had sacked him he said: “I don’t think they can live with the publicity about this. I recognise that some of my comments should have been put out better but I do stand with the things I have written.”

The Manchester club released a statement saying they had “terminated our association with Mr Aakjaer.”

Turkish football supporters’ life imprisonment for criticizing government corruption?

This video says about itself:

Ground Zero: Turkey – The Protesters of Gezi Park

2 July 2013

Journalist Tim Pool recently joined the VICE editorial staff to cover breaking news, and his first assignment was to fly down to Istanbul and do a live stream of the protests against the construction of a mall in Gezi Park and Prime Minister Erdogan’s Islamist policies. Tim also produced this documentary about the uprising, which includes interviews with protesters on the ground as well info about the failure of the Turkish media to properly give a shit about the situation.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

In Istanbul the trial started of 35 supporters of the hard core of the football club Besiktas. They are accused that they have tried to overthrow the Turkish government last year during the Gezi protests. They risk life imprisonment.

Last summer Gezi Park and Taksim Square in Istanbul were the scene of mass protests against the government. …

The lawsuit against the 35 Carsi members encounters much criticism both in Turkey and abroad. At the court in Istanbul this morning, there were expressions of support from hundreds of football supporters, also from rival clubs. They waved flags and sang songs.

Human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls the trial ridiculous. There was no evidence for a coup. According to HRW, the indictment proves that Erdogan puts pressure on courts to suppress resistance him in the bud.

Turkish government mounts police state crackdown on opposition media: here.

Saudi woman arrested for watching football match

This video says about itself:

The Secret Life of a Saudi Women‘s Soccer Team

10 August 2012

As Saudi Arabia sends female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, women within the country struggle for basic sports and fitness facilities.

From Associated Press:

Saudi woman arrested for attending football match in Riyadh

Woman says she did not know women were prohibited from football stadiums, which are male only in Saudi Arabia

Monday 15 December 2014 18.56 GMT

A Saudi woman arrested while attending a football game in the kingdom claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the male-only stadiums, the state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday.

Saudi Arabia enforces strict gender segregation and has no designated areas for women at football stadiums, though authorities have announced plans for “family” areas from where women can watch matches.

However, there have been exceptions for foreign women. In October, an Australian female supporter of Western Sydney Wanderers football club was permitted to attend a match at Riyadh’s main stadium. In January, a group of American women traveling with members of US Congress watched a local club match, also in Riyadh.

The arrested woman, whose name has not been made public, said she bought a ticket online without any problems and attended Friday night’s game in the Red Sea city of Jeddah’s new al-Jawhara stadium. The game was between Jeddah’s al-Ittihad and Riyadh’s al-Shabab.

Police spokesman Atti al-Qurashi said security spotted her at the stadium “deliberately disguised” in male attire to avoid detection, reported the state-linked news website Twasul.

Okaz reported Sunday that police questioned the woman, who is in her twenties, for “impersonating” a man by wearing pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses. Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil and all women are required to wear an abaya, a loose black dress, in public.

The paper said the woman has been in police custody since Friday and is being held at a centre for girls in the western province of Mecca. No charges have been raised so far.

Ultra-conservative Saudi clerics shun female access to exercise and women’s teams are not part of the kingdom’s federation that oversees sports. Women often struggle to find facilities to train and are not allowed to attend matches in stadiums.

Spanish fascist hooligans’ murderous violence

This video from Spain is about hooligans of the Frente Atletico doing the nazi salute.

Unfortunately, not all football fans in Madrid, Spain are like those of Rayo Vallecano, the club helping a 85-year-old woman after the was evicted from her home.

By Kadeem Simmonds:

Atletico ban far right group after violence

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Atletico Madrid banned the radical far-right group Atletico Front from the stadium yesterday for their involvement in the brutal fight on Sunday which left one man dead.

Jimmy Romero, a member of Deportivo La Coruna’s left-wing ultra group Riazor Blues, died when Atletico Front and Riazor Blues attacked each other before Sunday’s clash beween Atletico and Deportivo.

Atletico said in a statement: “Among those identified are 15 people who say they are Atletico Madrid supporters, of which seven were club members. Those members have been expelled immediately.”

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Members of the far-right Frente Atlético had gathered at 8am, four hours before their team faced Deportivo de La Coruña at the Vicente Calderón. Half an hour later buses arrived from Galicia and the occupants, members of Depor’s ultras Riazor Blues, got off and headed along the river towards the stadium, where the Frente waited. …

Francisco Javier ‘Jimmy’ Romero Taboada became the 11th person to have died in football-related trouble in Spain since 1982. When he was dragged out of the water, where he’d been for almost half an hour, he had serious head injuries, his heart had stopped and he had hypothermia; he was “clinically dead”, one hospital source was quoted as saying.

Forty-three years old and a father of two, the youngest a little boy aged just four, Romero was officially pronounced dead at two o’clock, about the time that Deportivo de La Coruña’s fans were leaving the Calderón, escorted silently back to their buses by the police. …

A battle between the neonazis in the Frente Atlético and the radical left-wingers of the Riazor Blues, even though it is a group that had announced its dissolution following the stabbing of one of its members in 2003. Yet Galician TV carried a series of messages from a Deportivo fan insisting that it had not been an arranged battle but an ambush; that the Frente may have planned this, but Depor’s supporters had not.