Man City Fans and Arabic Clothing - Discuss
A lot of my friends back in Manchester are celebrating the huge investment in Manchester City Football Club by the consortium from Abu Dhabi.
Now, City fans have a tradition of going to big games in fancy dress. A lot of them are posting on forums about going the next match wearing the Gutra/Keffiyeh.
They are doing this in a spirit of celebration and gratitude, but some are worried they will offend the club's new owners.
So, what do you think? Are they likely to cause offence, or will the guys from Abu Dhabi see the funny side? Answers from people who wear the traditional Arab clothing would be particularly valued.
I'll re-post some of the comments on the City forums so the fans will have an informed view of opinions here.
Many thanks and Ramadan Kareem.
Oh yes, they will be very offended, of course, Arabs are always offended! Even if you mean to please them, they fly into a rage and will issue a fatwa against City and order Mark Hughes to play with the national team of Qatar.
thobes with names and numbers on them, keffiyahs in club colours, not just boring old black and white, there is an opportunity here ppl!!!
Next week the club shop will be selling exactly this kind of attire, with names and numbers on the back.
just eat another pie
no way ! It wouldn't insult us at all! Unless of course they meant it to insult and did something insulting.
I'd take it as a nice gesture.
Bring out a banner with a nice word and you'll make everyone happy!
Perhaps Doha will buy Man U lol
I don't know what a keffiyah is but I imagine that's a ghitra.
I'd love it if the west enjoyed wearing a thobe :)
Mr. Q's Blog - A Qatari's view on Qatar.
4 of us went to watch Spain play KSA - we were dressed in Saudi footie shirts & gutras. The 3 0r 4 Saudi's in the bar loved us!
Baldrick - Qatar's answer to Google ;o)
Why should they be offended? These owners are worldly wise, cosmopoliton, educated and most of all martket savvy..
They realise that any puvblicity is good publicity..
Yeah ~ i m sure its going to be fun to watch that scene on the TV~ and im sure the new owner is goin to be more than happy at the way the fans acknowledge them
Can't Qatar buy Tottenham?!
I don't know how widely-read this site might be, but Tottenham are a team on the brink of success, with a great history (first British team to win a European trophy, more European trophies in fact than any British team excluding Liverpool and United).
I've heard strong rumours that Qatar's going to buy a Premier League Club. Knowing Qatar I bet they mistake of buying a Blue Sqaure Premier League Club (Division 5)!!!
Muslims buy the Yids? Seems unlikely.
I personally believe they'll see the funny side. I look forward to seeing it!
Wouldn't the world be a better place if Muslims werent so thenthitive?
Veni, vidi, viva.
If it really is the City we know and love, he probably become offended, withdraw all the money, plunge them into debt, and they'll get relegated!
I'll tell you what, for a what is generally-speaking a notoriously insensitive social group, just shows what money can do to encourage respect and sensitivity amongst football supporters!
Yeah, i was thinking the Israel connection might not help...