Social worker Saleh Hlail warned sports fans, specifically some fans of four Saudi clubs; They (Al-Hilal, Al-Nasr, Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahly) are part of football fanaticism, which socially leads to exacerbation of tensions and friction between fans (fans) of sports teams, indicating that fanaticism may lead, in some cases, to the occurrence of acts of violence and tensions in and outside stadiums, as well as It also affects social relations between individuals and different communities, causing discrimination and divisions between individuals and enhancing hostility and prejudice between fans of different teams.
He told Okaz that social media platforms played a major role in the spread of intolerance and electronic discord in the sports arena. These platforms are considered an easy and available means for individuals to express their opinions and criticisms anonymously and without bearing responsibility, and thus fans can spread insults, threats, and hostile comments through these platforms. , which leads to escalation of tension and escalation between fans and fans of different teams. In addition, false information and rumors can spread at lightning speed through these platforms, affecting the distortion of the image of teams and players and raising more tensions.
He continued: “There is a major role for clubs in raising awareness of the importance of sporting ethics. All sports clubs have an important role in promoting sports and ethical values among their players and fans, and these clubs must work to provide a healthy and safe sports environment that encourages cooperation and respect between players and competing teams.” Clubs must also adopt educational and awareness programs aimed at promoting sporting values. Such as integrity, respect, and high sportsmanship, so that players, coaches, and fans are directed to display sports ethics and respect opponents, referees, and the public. In addition, clubs must always take the initiative to hold and organize workshops, seminars, and awareness campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of sports ethics and its positive impact on teams and society in general. These efforts aim to build a generation of athletes who have high sporting ethics and reflect the values of integrity and respect in their behavior on and off the field.” Social worker Hillel saw the necessity of sanctions against sports fanatics, because they contribute to maintaining order and safety in stadiums and ensuring that everyone enjoys a safe and comfortable sports experience. Sanctions contribute to deterring fanatic fans and reducing the intensity of tension and violence in the sports environment. Possible sanctions can include banning sports activities. Fanatic fans are prohibited from attending matches for a temporary or permanent period, imposing financial fines on violating clubs or fans, and taking legal measures in the event of acts of violence or serious violations. The aim of these penalties is to change the behavior of fanatics and motivate fans to act responsibly and respect sports laws and values.