Sharjah Police arrested several men after videos went viral on Thursday reflecting a picture of intolerable football fanaticism.
A statement from the UAE Attorney General said legal action was taken over the video showing a group of Asian men detained in a birdcage to force them to cheer for the UAE national team.
In the original video, the man has several workers stand behind a fence and asks them who do they support. Upon replying that they support India, he tells them that’s not good, they live in the UAE and should support this country. After knocking on the wiring, he asks them again and they reply they support UAE and he lets them out of the cage. He then does a little jig in celebration of the upcoming match.
The behaviour was a crime punishable by law and did not reflect UAE values of tolerance, the Attorney General’s statement added. Police did not specify how many men were arrested.
Sharjah Police said those responsible have been referred to public prosecution for further investigation and action.
Police said the behaviour in the videos did not reflect the customs and traditions of the UAE.
The Anti-Discriminatory Law condemns actions that would comprise hate speech or the promotion of discrimination or violence against others using any form of media, including online, print, radio or visual media.
Penalties for violation of the various provisions of the law include jail-terms of six months to over 10 years and fines from Dh50,000 to Dh2 million.
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