PARIS: There is still sometime to go before the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, but the terrorist organisation ISIS, is already creating an unsafe atmosphere for the showpiece tournament.
Hours after The Best FIFA Awards Gala in London, a spine chilling poster which shows Argentina captain Lionel Messi crying blood found its way to the public forum after it was published by a pro-ISIS media group.
The poster, which was released by Wafa Media Foundation, was discovered by the think tank SITE Intelligence Group and shows Messi behind bars, with a message, “You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary.”
The chilling poster also used Nike’s famous tagline, “Just Do It” and turned it into “Just Terrorism.”
Previously, there have been other instances of various pro-ISIS organisations publishing different posters depicting danger and threatening terrorist activities at the World Cup which is scheduled to kick off in June and will be played across 12 venues in 11 cities. The posters show Russia’s World Cup logo exploding along with menacing phrases, such as, “We are the one who chooses the battlefield,” and, “I swear that the mujahideen’s fire will burn you, just you wait.”
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 24, 2017
It is difficult to gauge the seriousness of the threats from the ISIS because, they have earlier threatened to cause problems at football tournaments; namely the 2016 Euros in France and the 2017 Women’s European Championships – both came through unscathed.