What’s the Sun’s problem with Algerians celebrating?

The Sun have shown double-standards in their reporting on English and Algerian celebrations.

The Algerian mens football teams run to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations final has naturally sparked celebrations among the Algerian diaspora in Europe.

Yet the right-wing press seem to have a problem with these celebrations.

“Mum killed and baby critical after being mown down by Algerian football fan’s car as riots erupt across France celebrating Africa Cup victory” a headline in the Sun screamed.

Sounds bad right but how true is it? Well, a mum was killed and a baby was critical after being hit with a car – and that’s a tragedy.

But, in France and the UK, similar tragedies happen more days than not. Cars are dangerous things.

Did the car crash have anything to do with Algerian celebrations though? It’s not clear that it did.

According to the Ouest France newspaper, the driver of the car was Frenc-h-Moroccan, as were the victims.

Ouest France spoke to Raymonde, one of the victim’s neighbours, at a memorial vigil held in her honour.

When asked if the driver was supporting the Algerian team, Raymonde described this as a ‘fausse polemique’ – a false argument.

“These things happen every night,” Raymonde added and he called for speed bumps or roundabouts to be installed in the local area.

But the Sun is not interested in speed bumps, blaming Algerians gets far more shares.

After the next game, there was similar reporting. Riyad Mahrez’s late free-kick winner led to celebrations in London with Algerian fans letting off fireworks.

The Sun called this “havoc” and said “a police vehicle was smashed by some football fans during the mayhem”.

The Metropolitan Police were far less alarmist, saying there were no arrests or injuries but that “a police vehicle has sustained damage to its windshield”.

The Sun cites no other evidence of a police car being “smashed up” although a reporter for the I tweeted that a police car was “trashed” by having its windshield jumped on.

The Sun also leads with the quote “it’s getting scary” – an adaptation of a tweet from the same I reporter who said “Ok, it’s getting a bit scary now”.

No doubt it was a bit scary and there was some silly behaviour (ie the police car) – as there always is during mass celebrations.

Let’s not forget that when England beat Sweden to reach the World Cup semi-final, some fans went into an IKEA store singing and jumping up and down on the furniture – which was a bit silly and could have been scary for staff.

Presumably the Sun denounced this havoc in the same way they did with the Algerians?

No, they described the “jubilant England fans” merely as “cheeky” and fluffed out the report with funny memes and a light-hearted statement from IKEA.

Joe Lo is a reporter for Left Foot Forward

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7 Responses to “What’s the Sun’s problem with Algerians celebrating?”

  1. Tom Sacold

    A riot is not ‘celebrating’.

    It seems that some use any excuse to promote their perverse anti-British Blairite agenda.

  2. Dave Roberts

    Really scraping the anti British barrel. Pathetic.

  3. Cuchulainn

    Is it “Anti-British” to question the Sun’s journalistic (double) standards?
    Never mind. But why is a comment about English fans Anti British? That would make all Scots or Welsh fans Anti British. When is a “celebration” a “riot”? Answer: when it’s an Algerian celebration but not when it’s an English one. Only in the Sun.

  4. Cuchulainn

    Ask any Liverpool [or Everton] supporter what they think of the Sun’s reporting on foootball and its fans. They won’t tell you because of course they have not read the Sun’s football reports in many, many years and never will again. Surprised any others want to give it their money and time, never mind swallow its lies whole

  5. Patrick Newman

    Ah yes, The Sun. It rarely misses an opportunity to cultivate racism and nationalism and demonising claimants and cultivating deep xenophobia otherwise it is a very decent paper with lots of colourful pictures which is helpful for some of its readers.

  6. Julia Gibb

    An “English team” with players from Ireland, South African, Barbados, New Zealand, etc. Their other key players are the grandchildren of immigrants from Pakistan and India. It seems like a good example of the positive benefits of open borders.

  7. Dave Roberts

    Ms Gibb.
    Open borders. Can they all live in your house and will you pay the bill. More pathetic PC nonsense. A new Low for Jo! Geddit?

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