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Saudis Jailed and Tortured By Iraqis Angry That Iraq Lost the Game

World  (tags: Iraq, Saudis, Football, human rights, prison, torture, Islam )

- 1917 days ago -
Twenty Saudi detainees in Iraqi prisons were tortured after the Iraqi national team lost the Gulf Cup football tournament to the UAE in a match supervised by a Saudi referee, according to Thamer Balheed, head of the Saudi detainees in Iraq.

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:42 am
Sportsmanship from the Religion of Peace....

Jay S (116)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:38 am
Like stepping back in time - centuries in these black holes of human rights. And this is what all the fighting, deaths and huge cost in money put into place?

thanks for the laugh

Carola May (20)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:40 am
Well, the Saudis are no better. It wasn't that long ago that a western player hired to play for the Saudi team was arrested because he wore a skimpy shirt in public that allowed his tatoo of Jesus to show. And our leaders bow to these haters? We should build a wall to keep them out.

Wednesday January 23, 2013, 10:02 am
Rock on - they deserve each other!

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 10:14 am
Who cares? If they are not prepared to lose then they shouldn't play, it's like little children only an adult can reason with them!

Roger G (154)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:21 pm
noted, thanks !

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:34 pm
Thanks Lee for news
Thank you Beth for sgaring

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:58 pm
how come they can get away with torturing in prison, while in america there's a whole media storm over even the smallest incident?
makes you wonder who pays the media...

Karl Murphy (3)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:56 am
These people will go to any lengths to destroy life, even against their own kind. So barbaric and insane.

Russell R (2)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:37 am
And the little piggies went crying all the way home!

pam w (139)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:56 am
Interesting.....karma in action?

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 10:38 am
These people will brutalize others apparently for just about any reason possible.

Gene J (290)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:01 pm
Yeah that sounds right. Great sportsmanship from the religion of peace. Unless one side is Shiite and the other Sunni. Amazing, that they have survived each other all these centuries is just amazing.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 5:08 pm
Noted , weird !!!

Hector Rodriguez (4)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:50 pm
Stupids with power will act ... stupidly.

paul m (93)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:52 am


Louise D (44)
Friday January 25, 2013, 3:57 pm
Not an unheard of thing in football, there is a rumor that Argentina's win against Peru in the 1978 World Cup when the Peruvian government had several other political activists abducted to Argentina for torture.

Pogle S (88)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:52 am
Silly idiotic men with small willies!

Klaus Peters (14)
Friday February 8, 2013, 6:44 am
Iraq is well known for its un-sportsman like behaviour. I think it was just before the first Gulf war in a game between Iraq v Kuwait in Baghdad. The referee gave a penalty kick near the end of the match which decided the game. After the game Iraqi officials tried to force the Malaysian referee and linesmen to withdraw the penalty. Their life’s were threatened, belongings were taken to admit '"I made a mistake". Apparently also guns were pointed at them. Luckily some moderate officials rushed the Malaysian referee team to the airport and put them onto a flight. Iraq was barely punished. The referee asked Fifa he never wants to referee a footy game in the middle east again. That team of Malaysian officials were compensated by Fifa and were still active in SE Asia, Pacific, China, Japan, Australia and NZ. The referee met Mr. Blatter several times, I have a newspaper clipping of the Baghdad incident and a photo of that referee with Maradona at a youth world championship quarter final in Japan 1979, which he refereed. Argentina won 5:0. He predicted that Maradona would be a champion. That referee was right.
He is retired now, he is my favourite brother in law. When in Melbourne before a game (Aus v NZ) and others, he needed to run before the game. He ran, I followed by car in case he gets lost.
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