An attempt has been made to wreck Benghazi’s Humeida five-aside Ramadan football league when overnight vandals poured old engine oil over the pitch where the tournament is being staged. However, civil defence staff with their vehicles were called in and cleaned the surface in time for tonight’s games.
There is speculation that someone in the neighbourhood may have been irritated by the large crowds the games have been drawing. There have also reportedly been arguments between local and some spectators.
Throughout the Holy month, ten teams of youngsters aged between 12 and 13 are competing for a special trophy. Organisers say the crowds have been well-behaved and good-natured. One described the damage to the pitch as “mean-minded”