Voices from Russia

Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. An Observation on Working-Class Football Culture in Europe

“Ваше место тут” (“Your place is here”… idiomatically, “You belong here”)… the rowdy backers of FK Lokomotiv Moskva in the (in)famous South Stands at Lokomotiv Central Stadium


You back a side because your dad does; all his mates do, as does the entire neighbourhood. You’ve seen the people going en masse to the matches! It’s neighbourhood and team pride all rolled up in one. If we’re talking REAL football… let’s not forget Fr Christos in Thessaloniki who shows up at all the matches. Some tight-arsed people complained… but the people put up a FB page Hands Off Our Father Christos! The bishop didn’t ban him from the pitch…

Some middle-class people look down their noses at this… but I’d remind them that people CHOOSE their pastimes and that backing this side or that one is a far less harmful occupation than some of the things indulged in by the scornful bourgeois. Indeed…

I do confide that their real problem with it is that it’s “common”…



Saturday, 27 April 2013

Protesters Clash with Police in Cairo, at Least 16 Injured

00 Riot Police. Cairo EGYPT. Coptic Cathedral. 08.04.13


On Friday, Al Arabiya reported that at least 16 people were injured after dozens of protesters clashed with police in the Egyptian capital of Cairo near the Heliopolis Palace. Police began dispersing protesters by firing tear-gas after they hurled stones at the cops and had set a police car ablaze. Al Arabiya stated that the protesters consisted of members of the Black Bloc group, which stands against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, and young football ultras. Nine months into his presidency, Morsi, Egypt’s first freely-elected civilian president after a revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak two years ago, stands accused of betraying his election campaign promises by tolerating excesses by the Muslim Brotherhood and by failing to become a true leader of all Egyptians of all confessions.

27 April 2013




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