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Soccer fans in Mexico cheer Bin Laden

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= The following article, attributed to the Associated Press, appeared on page A23 of the Thursday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2004
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      The following article, attributed to the Associated
      Press, appeared on page A23 of the Thursday, February
      12, 2004 edition of the Arizona Republic.

      --Kevin Walsh

      MEXICO SOCCER FANS JEER U.S., HAIL OSAMA

      Guadalajara, Mexico--The boos nearly drowned out <The
      Star-Spangled Banner>, and a few dozen fans chanted
      "Osama! Osama!" as the United States was eliminated
      by Mexico in Olympic men's soccer qualifying.

      A loud anti-American crowd yelled the first name of
      Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida terrorists
      who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks, as
      Mexico beat the United States 4-0 Tuesday night in the
      under-23 tournament, claiming a berth in the Athens
      Olympics.

      As U.S. players left the stadium for their bus,
      several fans chanted, "Osama! Osama!"

      Police in riot gear held back the crowd and urged
      people to calm down.

      For Mexico, the game partly avenged a 2-0 loss to the
      United States in the second round of the 2002 World
      Cup, a far more important tournament involving
      national teams.




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