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Archive for 'Football'

Euphoria In the Extreme

Police Scotland working out how to charge people arrested for fighting under the OBFA.
— Brian Spujahideen (@BrianSpanner1) May 24, 2016

Greetings all. Benjamin Button John Nicolson MP called it right when he described opponents of the Offensive Behaviour at [...]

Worst. Stretcher bearers. Ever.

I hate to indulge in national stereotypes, but does this tell us anything larger about Greek society?
ICYMI: Worst medical staff featured in a Greek soccer game (via @BreatheSport)
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 19, 2015

Or perhaps these klutzes were passionate fans of the other team.

John Oliver on FIFA and Blatter

Too good to miss:

Update: This is not a joke:

To Wight’s minimal credit, he manages to get through the whole post without once mentioning Israel or Zionism.

“I am now the president of everybody”

Yes, Sepp Blatter actually said that when he was reelected as president of FIFA on Friday.
I dunno, Sepp. I don’t think you’re the president of me. At least not yet.
It’s telling that his reformist, anti-corruption challenger for the presidency is a Jordanian prince.
Meanwhile, I see that the Stoppers have heavily edited their piece alleging that [...]

The power of Zionists over FIFA

Geoff Lee of the Palestine Solidarity Committee explains it all to you at the Stopper website:

Displaying a remarkable non-understanding of international law, Lee writes that the US government “ordered” the Swiss authorities to arrest and extradite six FIFA officials to block the organization from expelling Israel from world football competition.
Never mind corruption, exploitation of foreign [...]

FIFA corruption non-shocker

The Washington Post reports:
The Justice Department unsealed a 47 count indictment early Wednesday charging 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud. Four of those accused, including two sports marketing companies, have already pleaded guilty and are likely to be cooperating.
Among the “alleged schemes,” said the Justice Department, [...]

Qatar PR fail

BBC reporter Mark Lobel was invited to Qatar to report on brand new showcase accommodations for foreign workers laboring on construction projects for the 2022 World Cup.
However when Lobel and his crew ventured off on their own to cover some of the still-disgraceful living and working conditions for foreign workers, they were arrested and thrown [...]

West Ham fans celebrate their foreskins in song

I don’t pretend to understand the abstruse ethnic-based rivalries of British footall/soccer fandom, but doesn’t this go beyond supposedly good-natured banter about “Yids”?

Many of the comments to the video are as ugly as you’d expect.

“Sete a um… Sete a um”

Guest post by Bruno Mota

In the hours after our loss to Germany in the World Cup, people here in Brazil were walking around in a daze. “Sete a um… Sete a um [7 to 1]“, we mumbled in disbelief, as if waiting, hoping really, to wake up from a nightmare. Conversations started half-heartedly and petered [...]

Left-Right convergence: sports as the opiate of the masses

There’s nothing new about the theory (propounded frequently on the Left, notably by Noam Chomsky) that professional sports are part of a modern “bread and circuses” strategy by the ruling class to divert the masses from matters of real importance.
But I had never heard that theory (or a version of it) proffered by someone on [...]