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Two fans die, as Algeria’s World Cup celebrations turn ugly

Jun 27, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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Tragedy has struck in Algeria as fans of the North African nation took to the streets to celebrate the Desert Foxes reaching the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Fans in the country’s capital, Algiers, took to the streets to revel in the 1-1 draw with Russia which set up their second-round match with Germany on Monday.

However according to multiple reports fans driving wildly around the streets were said to have caused car crashes due to their jubilant scenes. According to the police two young men died in separate car accidents and over 31 people were injured across Algeria.

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Across in Marseille, France, the huge Algerian population in the Mediterranean city also rejoiced but ugly scenes erupted. In France, Algeria’s former colonial ruler, 74 arrests were made on Thursday evening as Algeria fans clashed with French police on the streets.

Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gave a rare statement and hailed the team’s “brilliant qualification.”

“It is with great pride that warms our heart and the hearts of all Algerians as well as our supporters in the Arab, Muslim and African world, that we welcome your qualification to the second round,” said the statement issued by Bouteflika’s office.

  1. handsomerob86 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Its sad when something good is turned into a reason for anarchy by the lowest rungs of society.

    • lyleoross - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Yeah! Kind of like college students rioting after wins, the lowest rung of society!

      We have a sports riot problem in the world, and it has nothing to do with societal rungs, it has to do with the human condition.

      • handsomerob86 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Its always started by the lowest. And followed by those who are only slightly higher. Making an assumption that only College Students attend Collegiate athletic events is incredibly dumb and naive. I know plenty of college ‘fans’ who never attended any college, much less the one they root for.

      • lyleoross - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        So, you’re saying that no college students have participated in such activities? Hmmmm, shall I send a link? Even more, I think you missed the point.

      • handsomerob86 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        My comment is in regard to moral standards, not education level. That is the point.

        And even if we play by your assumption that higher education level = higher rung of society, the fact that college students participated in a riot would have no effect on my original argument because they are not the only ones who watch collegiate sporting events.

        So to summarize: your objection had nothing to with my original point, as it was about morality.

      • lyleoross - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        Your still judging based on moral standards when you have no idea. That is, your assuming one group has better moral standards than another. I simply invite you to view the notion that rioting probably has nothing to do with morality, rather it is situational, and any group can be prone to it. It is a societal issue and all societies, races, religions and political setups have shown an ability to riot, no matter what their morals.

      • lyleoross - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Let’s make it easy, your original post read amazingly poorly. You said “anarchy from the lowest rungs of society.” That lowest rung of society comment smacks of opinion. Who’s in this lowest rung? You suggest that “something good is turned into a reason for anarchy,” as if someone went looking and turned it into a reason. That is, your post suggests, by your wording, that someone looked for a reason for anarchy, that someone was the lowest rung of society. So, do you judge a college student who does the same thing when they riot after a game in the same way? It’s a simple question. There are lots of cases of college students being arrested after celebrations of the same sort, I offered to send you links. If you judge them, both as college students, and as citizens of the US in the same light, good on you. But I’ve given you the opportunity to acknowledge the point several times, and each time you try and say that it’s some other group that does it, while suggesting that I’m dumb for not acknowledging that there might be non-college student types involved. By my measure, you’ve judged one group of people as being capable of looking for a good reason to riot, and another as not, US college students.

        My point is that riots occur, and those who do them aren’t necessarily looking for anarchy, and may not even be all that evil or even the lowest rung of society, whatever that is. They might just have been stupid, and sincerely regret what they’ve done.

    • ez0682 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      U stupid american this is futbol u newbie. U think this is new an the suarez event go back an watch it stupid little sports baseball handball league or basketball. We don’t need Americans option on anything that has to do with futbol.

  2. mazblast - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Only two?

  3. scoochpooch - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM


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