Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

Excuse me please. I am happy that Bahrain qualified to enter the next phase of qualifications for the Football World Cup in Germany in 2006. Yes, re-read that again. The team is playing the fourth-paced team in something called CONCASOMETHINGOROTHER which really means that we’re either playing Trinidad and Tobago or Guatemala on Nov 12 and 16. We reached there apparently by equalising last night in a scoreless match and the saving grace was an “away” goal. I don’t understand football rules much, I leave its intricacies to be explained by someone else.

What I do understand however is the stupidity of people like these, and the culpability of the Traffic Dept for allowing it to happen right in front of their eyes. And considering that these pictures were taken last night on “love parade” street on which the traffic cops were probably present aplenty and most probably “regulated” the flow of celebrant cars, they more than anyone else are responsible for this farce and the continuous flouting of traffic rules and regulations, and even basic safety for God’s sake.

What are they waiting for? An accident that can crush these dickheads who are precariously sitting on moving car bonnets and open windows? These cars in the pictures themselves are probably not road-worthy in the first place. But would they pull them over and book them?

Hell no.

And where the hell is the Ministry of Interior to stop this “illegal” demonstration? Didn’t these celebrants “block streets and brought discomfort to the citizens and public at large?” or is that rule only relevant in “political” motorcades?

Congrats Bahrain in any case… may you go to better and brighter things.

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14 Comments
  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Re(1): Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    yo.. i was indeed passionate, because being 2 games away from the world cup is euphoric.. i just want you to explain: “… An accident that can crush these dickheads who are precariously sitting on moving car bonnets and open windows” and “These cars in the pictures themselves are probably not road-worthy in the first place”.. how narrow minded is the second qoute in particular? you tell me! these cars no cayennes but come on! other than the cars being olds models, you got nothing to back up what you said.. but also, you can’t get away with calling passionate bahraini fans dickheads man, its just not right..

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    I think you are taking what Mahmood said TOO negatively. He’s concerned about the traffic department’s lack of preparedness for such events, and he makes a good point. Besides, I am also one who celebrates just like these people do, because let’s face it, these things happen VERY rarely in the Kingdom. I just don’t take Mahmood’s comments personally, because I know he has nothing but “Good” intentions. So, chill out man! Take it easy.. And let’s all hope Bahrain makes it to the World Cup :)!

    Peace Y’all!

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    I think it’s fun to watch these “dickheads” celebrate. They have every right to be proud of our team’s achievements, but I agree with Mahmood to some extent. I think there should be roads dedicated to these things. I remember a few accidents that took place near my home when they decided to do this on a highway. Not everyone wants to take part in this, so it would be unfair for the rest of us to be stuck behind the noisy cars that are going .0001 mph.

    ES

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Re: Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    get over it, it’s one night for a few hours

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Re(1): Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    Yeah and besides, it’ll only cost ya a few lives and an exploded eardrum.

    ES

  • mahmood
    13 October 2005

    Re(2): Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    Like you I am thrilled to have Bahrain step closer to a berth at the Football World Cup alter. I really am. And I wouldn’t dream of standing in the way of people happily expressing their support for team and country, there is virtually nothing that moves me like seeing a see of the Red and White. This is Bahrain at its best. A spontaneous celebration.

    However. My point was not about “dissing” these people celebrating, nor their cars. I might have worded my post better I realise, but it was written in the heat of the moment, like you, with passion.

    My passion is being very concerned for the lives of my fellow Bahrainis. They were irresponsible by improperly boarding moving vehicles, regardless of make, model or year of manufacture, I am sure you will agree that this is a dangerous enterprise. My remark at the cars probably not being road-worthy is out of line and I apologise for that slip. But the fact remains that they have endangered themselves and those around them. Tell me, even if there is a potential of a single Bahraini (or any other human being for that matter) life being put in jeopardy because of these unsafe practices, would the celebration have the same flavour? Of course not. What if that situation is exacerbated and someone fell and got run over – a very real possibility looking at the pictures – would that not mar the celebrations? Is that responsible?

    In my view if one life is jeopardised because of unsafe practices the situation should immediately be corrected. Even if by application of the law.

    The majority of the blame as far as I am concerned is not laid on these celebrants, that is placed squarely on the shoulders of the Ministry of the Interior, the government organ responsible for the safety of every single person on these islands as well as their responsibility for vehicles and and enforcement of traffic laws.

    We know that there are traffic policemen present at anything of this sort, they are there presumably to keep the traffic flowing, but their greater responsibility that they seem to completely miss, increasingly it seems, is that of applying the traffic laws, rules and regulations to ultimately ensure safe road- and vehicle-usage. The traffic police being there should have exerted all their efforts at commanding these errant celebrants to respect the law at least if they have no respect for their own lives. If they resist, then at least an example should be made there and then, arrests should be made and people should have been charged for reckless endangerment. I bet that if they do that just once, people will think several times before attempting any more tomfoolery like that.

    Now tell me why celebrations have to be in this manner? Why should they be with cars which are inherently dangerous? Expressing their joy in an express manner I guess? Just imagine if they all disembarked and just walked and danced in the street, even stopping traffic for a while, would that not have been safer and more fun? I bet if that happened that not only Bahrainis would have been having fun, but whomever that happened to be passing by would have joined in the fun, and that feeling would have stayed with a visitor for a very long time: “I danced in the street with Bahrainis celebrating their football win”.

    As to my daring to bring in the Ministry of Interior into the conversation, I do because it is germane to the conversation. Wasn’t it them that stopped a motorcade not so long ago citing “unauthorised gathering” and “blocking main roads” and wasn’t it that particular instance that ramrodded the “Gatherings and Assemblies” law in parliament that threatened a national strife had it not been postponed to this term?

    Let me end by saying this: congratulations Bahrain once again, I hope and pray that you excel in every pursuit you set your mind to, and may your children continue to surprise the world by their feats!

    Now go and celebrate, have a Guinness on me!

  • chalk66x
    13 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    For soccer hooligans they are quite tame. No overturned burning cars or clashes with police, just some fun. I caught part of a game a while back and Bahrain has a fairly good team and stand a chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago or Guatemala. Go Bahrain!

    billT

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup frey

    A great point you make.. Bahrain has a horrible traffic department, and this has always been the case. This is nothing new, and I don’t believe it will be fixed any time soon. And if the traffic department were to book the so-called “not road-worthy” cars in Bahrain, then havoc will result since a huge percentage of the population own such Fantastic Vehicles!

    God Bless Our Kingdom :)!

  • anonymous
    13 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    why so hateful man? just because the cars are old cars you assume they’re not even street legal?! and so what if they crowd up the streets.. its a special occaision, and given that you don’t know the rules of football that well, you obviously don’t feel strongly about it.. you will never feel the same way these people on the streets felt yesterday.. not only are bahrain two games away from the world cup.. but making it this far, ensures a higher seed for us in later tournaments.. last night was HUGE for bahraini football and bahraini football fans..
    the people sticking out of the cars are driving at very low speeds.. the fact of the matter is, no one ever gets hurt in a post-game ‘maseerah’.. the cars just move far too slow for anything to happen..
    and finally, shame on you for bringing the ministry of interior into this.. or even talking about demonstrations.. not only does it make no sense to compare people gathering to celebrate a national achievement to a demonstration, but please leave your politics out of football..
    you should’ve said congratulations.. well done.. nicely done by the players.. great support shown by the fans.. don’t be so narrow-minded..

  • mahmood
    13 October 2005

    Re: Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    What are you on my friend? And can I have some too? That was quite a passionate piece, sadly not to the point though. Once you’ve calmed down, please take the time to re-read what I’ve written, understand it, and then you are more than welcome to answer your own comment on my behalf.

  • anonymous
    14 October 2005

    Re(3): Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    guinness it is.. not my personal choice though, but i can guess what made you suggest it heh..

  • mahmood
    15 October 2005

    Re(4): Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    😉

  • anonymous
    17 October 2005

    Bahrain closer to football world cup fray

    yeah right

  • anonymous
    13 November 2005

    Good Luck from DXB – “Dubaieagle”

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    Congratulations on your great draw against T&T last night. Go Bahrain. Were rooting for ya!

    Btw I would rather boys rattled around town in their clapped out Nissans than chucking rocks at the Saudi supporters cars like they did a couple of years back! Now that WAS dangerous!

    Good luck on Wednesday. We trust the traffic police stay away! (like they normally do!!!)

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