Friday, 15 March 2013

Barcelona fan beheads friend for supporting Real Madrid

Outside of Spain, few places in the world can boast more fervent
support of Barcelona and Real Madrid than Iraq.

In Iraqi Kurdistan, some 3,5000 miles from the action, locals are
obsessed with La Liga's two biggest teams. When they face each other
in El Clasico, bars and coffee houses are segregated between rivals
fans and police presence is increased as people celebrate, commiserate
and fight long into the night.

According to a report in Baghdad newspaper Al Zaman, carried by
Spanish newspaper Sport, passion between rival fans spilled over into
violence and murder this week.

On Monday, a Barcelona supporter in Madain — a city a few miles south
of Baghdad — supposedly argued with a Real Madrid-supporting friend in
a gaming arcade. The Barca fan then reportedly "slaughtered" his
friend with a knife, in full view of several witnesses.

Arabs Today add the chilling detail that the Madrid fan was actually
beheaded by his former friend. An Iraqi Interior Ministry source told

"A fight broke out on Monday night at the Games Hall in Aldjaarh,
between two friends, one of whom supported Barcelona and the other who
supported Real Madrid."

The source added that events took a dramatic turn when the Barcelona
fan took out a knife and stabbed his friend several times, before
"beheading him in public."

"Witnesses at the Hall captured the offender and called the police,
who rushed to the scene and took him to a security centre for
interrogation. The dead body was taken to the forensic medical
department for a post-mortem."

According to Al Zaman, this isn't the first trouble between Iraqi
Barcelona and Madrid fans. Last April (presumably on the day of Los
Blancos' 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp) a violent knife fight between
rivals fans broke out at a coffee shop in Karbala, with several people

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