Remember that post about the amazing power of soccer helping to reunify the Ivory Coast that I posted the other day?
Well, this is the other side of that.
More than an hour after the Iraqi goalkeeper Noor Sabri made the crucial save in a tense penalty shoot out, gunfire could still be heard in many parts of the capital.
State television broadcast a warning from the Iraqi military urging residents not to engage in celebratory gunfire. But the warning appeared to have been ignored. Preliminary police reports said one person was killed and 17 wounded by the gunfire.
It’s just sad, really. Joy can be such a powerful reaction – for both positive and negative things.