Written by By Sinead Francis, CNN
Tonight, Manchester United is hosting Young Boys — or at least some of them.
While some of the Moroccans are trying to go viral by putting on red, red shirts, others are trying to stamp out the media hype.
Young Boys Vs Manchester United. Moroccans selfie stick their way through wet and windy Monaco.
“We are from Morocco. We don’t usually play in front of 80,000 people or anything like that. The idea is to end up here with a loss. Let the Saudis go on and play their game,” Mohamed Elmasi, the president of Young Boys fan club, said.
As is routine in the club’s famous “El Clasico” matches against Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United is the first away team to arrive in Monaco, ahead of the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against PSG.
Although Young Boys is one of Europe’s smallest football sides with a population of over 250,000, the match has attracted a great deal of global attention.
The Gulf is the focus. There are several thousand Moroccans in the ranks of sports clubs in the UAE and Qatar, and a few thousand in Saudi Arabia — although numbers are lower in countries around the Middle East, like Bahrain.
These nations are also the source of many of the world’s most wealthy footballing stars, including David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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