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Monday, February 12, 2007

Saudi Arabian Women at a Football Match



During a Gulf-Cup, semi-final football match between Saudi Arabia and UAE, held in Abu-Dhabi, some Saudi college girls were spotted among the fans. Photos of the girls were featured on the front pages of Saudi newspapers the next day. There were heavy comments on their choice to be in a stadium full of men, plus they were accused of ruining the country’s image by avoiding their responsibilities and duties as Saudi citizens.

20 Comments:

Blogger kaya said...

GUESS WHAT?
I cant see the pics, and on clicking on it all I get is Etisalats usual DEAR JOHN love letter.
You could mail me.
Saying anything about the Saudi's is like stiking a Jalapeno up ones... never mind u get the pic.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

wow..despite the fact that they're covered up anyway? and what is their duty? staying at home in a little corner? *phsish*

9:30 AM  
Blogger Mike Riley said...

I don't know about their JUDGEMENT in choosing to be in a stadium full of Saudi men. But if they were shirking duty by watching the game, what about the men in the stadium? What about the players from Saudi Arabia? Afterr all, they probably have jobs they could have been at, were they not playing. What about those watching the game on TV or listening on the radio? Again, this viewing or liswtening probably kept more than a few from the duty or responsibilities. I don't want trouble, I'm just asking...

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7:57 AM  
Blogger BuJ said...

damn! i think that first pic was pretty nice..

the saudis have much more to worry about than the behaviour of their citizens at a bloody football match.

let them worry about basic human rights or the behaviour of some of their princes first or the way they bully other countries, including the UAE.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Jin said...

I tend to agree with buj - the Saudi's have got far worse things to worry about than a couple of (visibly patriotic) soccer fans who happen to be female.

11:21 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

These women should be the least of Saudi Arabia's worries right now. Their image is already ruined by making everything 7aram.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really dont think that having women among the audience really gives their country a bad image, this is a sporting event and everyone should have the equal right to attend. before they start blaming women for ruining their reputation they should see what other men in their country are doing that is very clearly ruining their image and much more.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saudi Arabia, is an Islamic country, where the "duties" of a woman are clearly stated and are to be strictly followed. Doing anything even slightly different from these given guidelines, results in women being labelled as deviant and rebellions or if not anything else, then a bad title is attached to them, like a prostitute, that ruins not only her family's honor but also her country's image and respect. The girls in the pictures, despite being covered or decent, were in, at a football stadium full of MEN. This is against their resposibility according to Saudi Arabia, as something as minor as driving is prohibited for women there, because of the fear of being harrassed, and this leading to increase in accidents, so cheering and enjoying a football match is much more intenst and far fledged.
I however, do not agree with the claim. I don't believe that they are committing a crime, or going against Islam, their country or their family in any way!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a Saudi girl is a football fan! then WHY NOT!

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well when it comes to a football match, i never thought that women liked it any way. i thought that its only for men, i will never say no to football match if i had a chance to watch it live in stadium. if some girls feel the same way that i feel towards a football match, why wouldnt they be allowed to watch such a wonderfull match. well in the Middle east some times its not allowed for women to watch such games or even mix up with men any where. i agree with that. but as a viewer of that match. i was able to see a spicial stage on the left corner of the stadium just for women to watch. i think this is the best solution for women in order to watch with freedom.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its really shallow and wrong to accuse those girls of "not doing their duties" when in Saudia Arabia a woman has no duties at all, because for me staying home and hiding yourself from the people in the society and holding back any help or use you can give to your society is unreasonable and shouldn't be an option.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its ridiculous that those girls got penalized for their actions. did the UAE not celebrate their winnings in the football by parading around the streets for three days, not only with their faces painted but sitting on top of their cars? yet the country didnt get a bad name nor were those ppl frowned apon. in fact i think the country took pride in the spirit and enthusiasm that their ppl showed.Saudis comments are pathetic!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

their is noyhing rong in womans going to watch the matches.... and about the studum is full of men, their is speisal places they can sit in.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Suha said...

I can't believe that just because two young ladies decided to go to an innocent football match they were accused of ruining their countries image. i mean, what is the responsibility of a saudi woman anyway? staying home and leaving everything for the man? all this talk is "rubish".

7:23 PM  
Blogger Nora said...

Oh what's wrong with those people especially the journalist they always trying to criticize any thing around them .I disagree with them it's very good idea that those ladies participate and cooperate with their team to encourage them and let them to win to get the cup not only the Saudis ladies participate ,but also there is many ladies from UAE ,Bahrain ,Qatar and Oman were sitting in the stage shouting and clapping their hands for their team to engorge them to win finally we should don't care about those foolish opining because if we do so we will be always behind especially us (ARAB). Nora Al Ali

11:55 PM  
Anonymous USApatriot said...

You go, girls!
They can take your life, but they can't take your freedom!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on them for being brave enough to go in the first place- a stadium can be a pretty harsh place for a woman generally- wherever she is from!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Aliya said...

Loool, the saudi government has always been backwards... ya3ni a woman attending a football match is damaging the countries reputation but basic human rights (which they should be applying as muslims) are not damaging at all... Racism, starvation and ignorance in a country with mass amounts of wealth is okay but god forbid a woman attends an open stadiunm with men huh (oh' god no, the deviance)... wake up and stop with the double standards... Do u know what, maybe if they implemented everything with accuracy and fairness then their imaginary reputation woudnt be were it is today and saudi's wouldnt be running over the borders to my country just so they can breath without being judged...

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Darth Wador said...

I sorry.
I know,what that arab womens
butifull and greacefull womans....
bichouse i love she's.
Iam sorry,so sorry
Arabian womens.And now
bichouse i've cry.
I still cry.
:(

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Federer said...

I read all this this blog after reading this blog I wanna say you that all the players want to take the support of the fans.When the supporters support the players that is affect on the players and then the players satisfied that all the supporters with them and the performance of the players increased.Then the players played good.This is cooperation between the players and the fans.

12:13 PM  

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