How to fight effectively against this scourge of Moroccan football?

Riots among football fans hit hard again this weekend in Botola’s showpiece game between Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca. A phenomenon that continues to grow as the public authorities struggle to stem this trend.

Hooliganism continues to wreak havoc in Morocco. This weekend, the Casablanca derby between Wydad and Raja was marred by pitched battles between rival supporters near the Complexe Mohammed V. Results, forty-six people, including six minors, were arrested. They are suspected of being involved in acts of violence related to sports riots, public drunkenness, theft and violence against public officials while on duty and the destruction of property belonging to others. .

A week earlier, 32 individuals, including 15 minors, were arrested before and after the meeting between WAC and Nigeria’s Rivers United in the CAF Champions League.

These scenes have become a habit around the meetings of Moroccan football teams. But what are the reasons for this sad phenomenon and what are the avenues towards which the public authorities could go to stop this scourge?

Contacted by MoroccoLatestNews Fr, Rachid Loustik, professor at the Moulay Rachid Institute for the training of national coaches, pointed out that this phenomenon continues to grow in Morocco. It is the result of a set of internal and external causes, which requires the adoption of a participatory approach by all involved in order to deal with it.

Regarding the internal causes of violence, Loustik said inappropriate statements by club presidents, coaches and players, before games, can also lead to public violence, as they sometimes use words that imply violence. , or are inappropriate for the context in which the match will take place.

He added that all components of the game of football have a responsibility in triggering riots whether in stadiums or outside.

The sports expert stopped at the problem of poor communication in Moroccan football clubs, believing that team managers sometimes have trouble communicating with the public.

When the team suffers from a financial crisis, for example, they don’t inform the public about it, and then the problem becomes internal leading to other problems, like the players’ strike in training, which is reflected in the performance and results of the team, which does not satisfy the public, which therefore expresses its rejection with violence, without knowing the main reason for the drop in performance of its team.

Hooliganism and social networks

Regarding the external causes of the riots, the expert considered that social networks play an important role in driving the public to violence, through the quarrels that take place on these sites between the supporters of the competing teams, whether through the dissemination of satirical remarks or images and drawings.

The same speaker underlined that there are other external factors, such as the difficult social situation which makes a person predisposed to violence, academic wasting or failure at work, in addition to the psychological problems which make some groups of the populationfeel comfortable in a riot“.

Another reason that leads to riots in stadiums is related to the organization of matches, as there are certain football stadiums located in the heart of cities and in the middle of populated areas, which makes it difficult to quell riots when They break out, noting that this situation causes the riots to move from inside the stadium to the outside, and then expose people’s property to vandalism.

A security threat

The professor of the Moulay Rachid Institute for the training of executives warned that the violence, whose frequency is increasing in Moroccan stadiums, not only poses a threat to security, but also has a negative impact on the various components of the game of football. football, including the reluctance of fans to attend matches for fear of violence.

In order to stem this increasingly exacerbated phenomenon, Rachid Loustik insisted on the need to adopt an approach involving all players, calling for the update of the law relating to the fight against violence in stadiums, which he considers incomplete, because it does not include any provision on the punishment of minors.

Among the recommendations he made, based on his research, was some attention to the security aspect inside stadiums, by modernizing their structures.

The same spokesman warned that uniformed police should not be inside the stadium, calling for the adoption of the system in force in Europe, where uniformed police are responsible for inspecting the public in the stadium. stadium.

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