Mixing Football And Blasts; That Is Bomb Blasts

Smoke from the explosions as the game went on.

Smoke from the explosions as the game went on.

As much as the Americans want to deny it, the situation in Iraq is no better than it was under ex dictator – Saddam Hussein. Probably worse. Here is an average day in the life of an Iraqi living in Baghdad. Struggle for food, worrying about when they might be caught up in a random blast, worsening economic conditions, worsening sectarian tensions, and more blasts.

And then there was a special case of the country hosting it’s second international against Liberia on Monday in Baghdad. At a less than empty Al Shaab stadium, two consequent blasts engulfed the backdrop of the ground with black smoke in the 60th minute. This too while the game was still going on.

The most stirring aspect is that the game continued despite the apparent risk and the thought of potential loss from the cowardly attacks. With the host country losing the game, it was hard to figure out if the crowd was angry at the loss or just annoyed at the daily uneasiness that lingers in the country.

But one thing is certain, this compared to a country wherein three lives were lost due to a similar incident in a marathon, this should be of a serious concern and should give some insight on the valor of both the Iraqi’s and the Liberians.

And another reason why?

Because fifty-eight lives were lost on that day due to the twin blasts. Fifty Eight. I will let you marinate on that.

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  • Ramy Haboche

    Can’t believe they continued playing even after the blasts

    • footynions

      Yup. Takes a lot.

  • Fareed Al Suwaidi

    I thought that they would stop the game and run away. Not sure if that’s bravery or just dumb.

    • footynions

      The first thought would just be that but it could also be just that wherein they may be used to such circumstances?

  • Jamal Siddique

    This is crazy. What would happen if the game was played in the west? Lol. Don’t even want to think that.

    • Shuaib B Ahmed

      It would definitely be stopped with the thoughts of sanctions lingering over the minds of the decision makers though this type of unfortunate acts are something that no one can control.

    • footynions

      It would definitely be stopped with the thoughts of sanctions lingering over the minds of the decision makers though this type of unfortunate acts are something that no one can control.

  • footynions

    Would love to understand that thought as to Why didn’t they……

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