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This Muslim Guy Mocked Soccer Hooligans And Made A Great Point About The Media

"If more Englishmen do not come out & unequivocally condemn this violence, people will think those drunk extremists represent all of us."

Posted on June 11, 2016, at 5:40 p.m. ET

On Saturday, French police in Marseille clashed with English and Russian soccer fans who had been rioting in the city in the lead up to a UEFA European Championship match.

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Several people were arrested and injured, according to police, who used tear gas and water cannon to break up the bottle-throwing rioters.

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Hayder al-Khoei, research director at England's Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies, was watching the unrest unfold from London when he had an idea.

The British-Iraqi began typing out an epic series of tweets, mocking the soccer hooligans while also satirizing the media's portrayal of violence in the Middle East.

"The whole thread is a tongue-in-cheek imitation of how many Western analysts and journalists cover conflict in the Middle East," he told BuzzFeed News.

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Earlier this month, in a piece for CNN, al-Khoei criticized media for what he said was coverage of Iraq that focused too heavily on sectarian divisions.

"It is not surprising that much of the regional media portray the events in Fallujah as part of a broader sectarian war, especially when this serves the political agendas of governments that control these outlets," he wrote. "However, Western media coverage should be much more nuanced and sophisticated and not play into ISIS' hands who desperately want to make this a black-and-white sectarian war."

It was in this spirit that his tweets on Saturday mocked the "centuries-old" religious divisions of the drunk soccer hooligans...

As well as their ~unique~ cultural traditions...

And the way some analysts rush to apply broad geopolitical dimensions to every event.

"Some of the reactions have been hilarious," he told BuzzFeed News. "Many have missed the sarcasm and think I'm being serious."

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Read the full thread starting here:

As an England fan who speaks on behalf of all England & the English, I'd like to apologise for the senseless violence in France #NotInMyName

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.