Soccer fans in Mexico cheer Bin Laden
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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.
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
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
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