Genocide in Srebrenica and its (mis)use in the Sports Life of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its Surroundings Cover Image

Genocid u Srebrenici i njegova (zlo)upotreba u sportskom životu Bosne i Hercegovine i okruženja
Genocide in Srebrenica and its (mis)use in the Sports Life of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its Surroundings

Author(s): Alen Borić
Subject(s): Local History / Microhistory, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Studies in violence and power, Victimology, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Sports Studies
Published by: Institut za istraživanje zločina protiv čovječnosti i međunarodnog prava Univerziteta u Sarajevu
Keywords: Football; genocide; Srebrenica; fan subculture; fans; stadiums; sports;
Summary/Abstract: The subject of this paper is the denial and glorification of genocide in Srebrenica on sports fields in Bosnia and Herzegovina and surrounding countries, following the behavior of members of the fan subculture. In this paper, we will present and analyze their views, which they send to the public through slogans, banners, songs designed just for the occasion. We also asked about the place and role of criminals on sports fields and what kind of popularity they enjoy among fans. How fans in Serbia see Ratko Mladic will be presented on the examples of two fan groups of the biggest Serbian clubs “Partizan” and “Red Star”. Graffiti is a frequent occurrence on the streets of our cities, and we will also look at the messages that decorate the walls and buildings in places with a majority Bosniak population. The characteristic of the sport is reflected in its massiveness. Sports actors are divided into two categories, observers and active participants. In the past decade, some athletes, those who should be an example of behavior in society, have “shaken” the public with their attitudes, and we will talk about them and the way the public and fans reacted to their statements about the Srebrenica genocide and glorification of war criminals.