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Football and the Arab Spring

February 4, 2012
By John Duerden
It can include governments demanding that its national team be allowed to wear poppies on the shirts, regimes getting involved with the affairs of associations, militaries owning clubs and even the imprisonment of fans and players, but politicians and rulers around the world often seek to use football to their advantage. No wonder - it is the world game and has a unique power to bring people together.

The embrace is particularly tight in the Middle East, a region full of regimes that ...

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