Saudi football fan beaten by security after rushing field
A security guard’s beating of a Saudi football fan who rushed the field during a match in Riyadh on Tuesday prompted some Twitter users to cry foul. The Arabic hashtag for “Hilali fan’s beating(link is external)” reached nearly half a million uses in less than a day. The fan was reportedly a supporter of Saudi’s “Al-Hilal” team, which was playing(link is external) against Qatar’s “Al-Sadd”.
The incident was caught on video from multiple angles and shows a security guard kicking the fan and hitting him in the head with a baton after he walked off the field and stopped running.
Many on Twitter condemned the beating:
@7sn_omari: This isn’t the first time a fan rushes the field, but it is the first time a fan gets hit in a dangerous spot on the head with a stick. This shouldn’t be allowed to pass like that.
@saif_299: What the guard did is unacceptable behaviour, security personnel need training and education on how to deal with these situations. The fan needs corrective action, not violence.
@drissawaked: The Hilali fan doesn’t deserve beating like this. I hope for punishments that serve as a deterrent to both the security guard and the fans who rushed the field.
Others, however, sided with the security guard:
@nt_100: There is a warning against entering the field and punitive measures for those who violate. So why did he enter the field when he knows it’s not allowed and there are consequences? He deserves what happened to him.
@_ME__A: The fan’s behaviour was inappropriate, and the guard has the authority to maintain the field’s security and stop rowdiness. Our youth are hooligans and no other means would work with them.
@_4948790994422: The security of our sports fields is part of our nation’s security. Security have to deal with these violations with strength so they don’t lose their respect and status as the school teachers have.
One Twitter user posted a photo of the fan in the hospital, saying he suffered a dislocated shoulder, but is now doing well.
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