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Who is singing now?

By TONY SEED

(July 11, revised July 19) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup, renditions of “Three Lions” and “Rule Britannia” in the stadiums, and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium back on June 28 with the pretext of resting players and avoiding injuries for the Round of 16. “Sometimes, you have to make decisions with the bigger picture, and that’s what I did tonight,” rationalized head coach Gareth Southgate at the time – as if the decision was his and his alone. That bigger picture seems to have included getting a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and therein build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association, and “hearts and minds” diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Such are the elastic ethics of England.  Continue reading

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Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as FIFA admit secret let-off over fans’ fascist banners

Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as Fifa admit secret let-off over fans' fascist banners

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Enlightened Corners – The Russia 2018 World Cup

MediaLens (June 21) – Senior Guardian sports writer Barney Ronay indicated the basic tone of early corporate coverage of the Russia 2018 World Cup: Continue reading

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2018 World Cup: British über alles – great nation chauvinism

Panama’s Felipe Baloy exploits an English defensive mix-up and slides the ball into the corner for a historic goal.

BY TONY SEED

England humiliated “little Panama” 6-1 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod. One newspaper (the Herald Sun) called its team a “fraud.” The TV broadcasters and the four members of the TSN “World Cup Panel” – all British, two from Yorkshire – oohed and awed over the superior English performance. The London Guardian unashamedly rejoiced: “Panama hammered by England in World Cup walkover.” The Independent screamed that the great power “can go all the way” and win the World Cup. A Guardian photo spread selectively featured four shots of Panama players “manhandling” and “bear hugging” the innocent and virtuous Englishmen, the so-called inventors of the game. This from a country where UK Sport was forced to conduct in 2017 a “root and branch review” of its policies following reports of a culture of fear in organisations as diverse as British Cycling, British Swimming, British Bobsleigh and British Gymnastics. This hubris and the whole concept of “hammering” and a “rout” by a great power over a small nation completely negates the modern spirit of friendship, respect and appreciation of all peoples and their right to be. It is British über alles of the imperialist era. Continue reading

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Israel demands FIFA ban Argentina from World Cup over ‘religious discrimination’

Comtec Group, a production company in charge of sports-washing the occupied territories, will demand FIFA to ban Argentine due to “religious discrimination.”

A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina

A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina’s soccer player Messi is seen during Rajoub’s news conference, in Ramallah, West Bank | Reuters

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Argentina’s World Cup warm-up vs. Israel expected to be canceled over Palestinian pressure

Neither side has issued an official announcement yet, but the game is largely expected to be cancelled |Uzi Dann and Noa Landau in Haaretz

Argentina’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match | Ivan Sekretarev/AP

(June 6) – Argentina’s planned soccer exhibition against Israel’s national team slated for Saturday at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium is in danger of being canceled, Argentine media reported. Local reports claim Palestinian pressure is the impetus for the game’s expected cancellation. Continue reading

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Are sports organizations playing a role in America’s obesity problem?

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Last September, the National Football League struck a deal with Frito-Lay that allowed the company to produce limited-edition bags of Tostitos tortilla chips, with each package bearing the logo of one of 19 featured NFL teams. Several months earlier, Major League Baseball announced that Nathan’s Famous would be its first-ever official hot dog. Now the first-ever comprehensive analysis of such food and beverage sponsorships by major sports organizations shows just how pervasive these deals are. The confusing messages they send about physical fitness and healthy eating habits can’t be helping our national problem with obesity [1]. Continue reading

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