By Abdelmjid Seghir
By Abdelmjid Seghir
Morocco World News
Larache, Morocco, February 16, 2012
A lot of people criticize me for my love for football. They say that I am a teacher and therefore, it is a part of my responsibility to care about things apart from a silly game. They say that I should be worried about things that are deeper than football can ever be.
I have been subjected to this kind of criticism for quite a long time. Lately, however, it seems that things have escalated. More people are joining this “war” against football. These people’s most frequent argument is that the country and the world are going through tremendous changes that we should not ignore by focusing on something as futile and senseless as football. The Port Said tragedy has generated further hostility towards football and its fans. Furthermore, some people’s claims have been gone even further; pointing out that football is just another type of drug. A “filthy” means to hypnotize the masses, that is!
I beg to differ, and I have my reasons:
First, let me clarify some few things. I am not as ignorant as I may seem to be. I know that a lot of things are wrong in this world. I know there are revolutions, unrests, uprisings, or whatever we want to call them, happening all around the world. I know the climate is changing and that floods, hurricanes and tsunamis have occurred as a result. I know that a lot of people have lost their lives while others are still waiting for their turns to come! I know, and I care. I care a great deal about them because I belong to this world.
However, I refuse to be a scapegoat and I refuse to be blamed for something I did not cause. I say this because some people, literally, accuse me for the person I am.
I am a person who respects other people’s opinions, but I, fortunately, happen to have the ability to form my own opinions. So, thinking back on what those people say, I can only assert that they are totally wrong. Call me authoritarian if you wish, but I think that I have my solid arguments, which support my position, and defy the escalated disrespect that some people show against football and its fans.
Second, let me introduce you to a very brief set of arguments I have for loving football. I love football because I think that football is a heavenly gift, an art, a treasure of endless beauty, a hotbed of creativity, and the only just battle there is. Just because someone does not like football does not give them the right to impose their attitude and opinion on others.
A few questions to consider before blaming football:
– Why would I want to deprive anyone from an art that brings happiness to their lives?
– Would I like it if people try to deprive me from a sport/art I enjoy?
– Isn’t it selfish?
– Aren’t the incidents of Port Said the wicked work of wicked politics and politicians?…
– Can’t football be used for instructional purposes?
Teaching and Football?
Yes, football can be an instructional tool. A great one indeed!
Just imagine how motivated the students are when they see the names and the actual pictures and videos of their favorite football stars inside the four walls of the classroom! Just think about it. How could a Real Madrid fan attending one of these classes forget that “white” is how we call the color of his favorite team’s jersey? Similarly, how could a Barcelona fan forget that Xavier’s number is “six” and Iniesta’s is “eight”? How would a student not learn that we “shoot” a ball and we “score” a goal? Etc.
This cannot, by any means, represent an exhaustive list of all the benefits of football (and sports in general) inside the classroom.
Football is an astonishing sport. A joy generator. An enthusiasm creator. A love story for many of us. A real love that never cheats on you, and a very great instructional tool.
And by the way, football did not kill the 75 fans in Port Said. People did!
Edited by Benjamin Villanti