If you’re a sports fan, this is worth knowing about
24 December 2018| Last updated on 31 July 2019
With lots of football enthusiasts in the UAE
It’s undeniable that some tensions may arise when opposing teams are playing at the UAE sports stadium…especially when the teams are internationally popular.
Sports are a great way to release some endorphins, bond and create lasting memories.
However, some sports fans can be too hostile when it comes to defending their teams' honour and this is seen more and more with the youths.
Police and authorities were extra precautionary when a large game took place over the weekend – Real Madrid versus Al Ain club.
UAE’s local Al Ain club qualified to play against an internationally renowned club, Real Madrid, at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Real Madrid fans flocked to the stadiums for a chance to watch a lifetime football game on UAE soil…and fortunately for them, the team won with a 4 to 1 score.
While the second big sports event in the UAE is the AFC Asian Cup, taking place from January 5 to February 1, 2019 – the UAE will be hosting this first ever Asian Football Championship with 51 matches, 24 national teams over the course of 28 days in 4 cities around the UAE.
Due to more and more sporting events taking place in the country, organizers and authorities can’t but spread the information about what is allowed and what is prohibited in the stadiums.
Including gestures, actions, words and even items that are strictly prohibited inside UAE stadiums – and if anyone is engaged in the following, they could land in serious trouble.
UAE Police are warnings sport fans that bringing any of the below could lead to an AED30,000 fine...
- Laser pens
- Brass knuckles
While some of these prohibited items may be obvious to the public, authorities do not want to take risks with any fights or altercations in the stadiums due to sport tensions.
These items are labelled as “while weapons,” and are stated under the UAE law to have consequences of up to AED30,000 fines and three months in jail.
According to Article 18, of Law No. 8, 2014 concerning the Security of Sports Facilities and Events, “any person who breaches [the law] shall be sentenced to an imprisonment term of one month at least to three months maximum, and/or a fine of Dh5,000 minimum to Dh30,000 maximum.”
Other rules regarding stadiums
UAE laws can also stipulate how to act consciously in UAE stadiums, including:
- Do not enter the playground itself without permission
- Do not bring in prohibited items or dangerous substances, including fireworks
- Do not carry any weapons in the facility
- Do not participate in acts of violence
- Do not throw any liquids towards the playground or other fans
- Do not write or speak of insulting language or make inappropriate gestures
- Do not speak of politics or use the facility for political purposes
- Only sit in allocated spaces in the facility