Dear Giancarlo Abete, president of Italian football federation,
SUBJECT: ALI JAWAD AL-SHIEKH DIED WEARING THE ITALIAN KIT
Ali Jawad Al-Shaikh is a 14 years old fan from Bahrain. He loves football and his favourite football team is Italy. On 01/09/2011 at around 8:45am after prayers and before celebrating Eid, Ali was involved in a peaceful protest demanding reforms and democracy in his country.
The Bahraini police fired tear gas directly at Ali. The tear gas canister hit Ali directly at his neck causing his death. He died in the hospital minutes later.
Sir, I am writing to you on behalf of Ali’s family and friends to honour his love and admiration to the Italian national team by holding a minute of silence before your next game with Slovenia on the 6th of September and to further dedicate just a small space in your media/press release and magazine for this 14 year old boy whose dreams were crushed whilst he was peacefully protesting for his and his counrty’s future. This will mean a lot to him, to his family, to the people of Bahrain and without a doubt to every fan around the world.
Picture: Ali Al-Shiekh in hospital wearing his favourite team’s kit (Italy)