The events that unfolded at the Masry-Ahly match were tragic and depressing, even if unfortunately not totally surprising. The subsequent reaction has been outrageous. Keep politics out of sports. Revolutions, counter-revolutions, phantom revolutions or whatever the hell else they are, they do not belong in or around a game that brings passion and pleasure to tens of millions of Egyptians who simply want to support their team for 90 minutes and forget about their daily struggles. Your battles can be fought in parliament, esoteric constitutional debates, talk shows, tweets, street demonstrations or wherever else. Leave the rest of us alone.
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