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Understanding The Egyptian Lasers

In the recent time of euphoria experienced by South Africans following Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions League triumph, there is much to talk about. One of the biggest points of discussion was the hostility of the stadium and the atmosphere of the supporters in Egypt.

By now, most of us are familiar with the lasers that were smuggled in and used by the supporters during the final. These were mostly used to shine into the Sundowns players' eyes.

On top of this was the incident near the end of the game when substitute goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands had some sort of burning substance sprayed into his eyes by someone close to the field.

The South African supporters have been incensed by this ever since. However, one of our online supporters has taken time out to explain that it may just come down to a difference in supporting cultures.

"As south Africans we must learn that, as humans, we will never do things the same way. I mean, in the PSL, we know that Celtics' supporters can sing from zero min to 90 min without watching football; we know in Masterpieces Moripe Stadium there will be drums and trumpets, my zebra supporters can only vibrate their arms when they dance at the stadium. All I'm saying is that we South Africans must learn that in Arabic countries, the supporters will forever be displaying lasers, even when they play each other. I mean, I've attended Orlando Pirates games against Zamalek at Orlando, and in those games I've watched the Arabic supporters would be busy playing with lasers and something like crickets for the whole game." – mhlefile

What role does culture play in the way you support football?

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