Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hockey Fights look like Playground Games compared to Soccer Fans in Egypt

I have been following the violence in Port Said Egypt connected to the recent Egyptian football/soccer game.  With over 70 dead and hundreds injured, I pause.

 It just feels like the world is upside down.  This obviously isn't the first time a sporting event has turned violent.  All you need to do is look at this chronology of the world's 15 worst soccer disasters to have that point hammered home.  But I can't help wondering what those 70+ people did during the day they died...and if they had known how their night (and their lives) would end, what they would have done differently.  Somehow things got ramped up and spun out of control.  Isn't there anything we can do to PREVENT the violence?  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who are mourning.
A sport that has the power to unify people and countries has been contorted.  We witnessed another tipping point and this time it tipped to violence.  With fans stripping & stabbing each other, fans tossed from the bleachers, we ask "what role does society want the police to take?"   I have no answers this morning but only ask God for healing in our world. This is not an Egypt issue.  This is a world issue. 

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination."
---Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate