Followup to Disgusting

I have to say the reaction of the general French population to the incident in Stade de France last Wednesday night is heartening. They are embarrassed and ashamed of the actions of their team captain. They realise like we all do that this clean shaven hero is providing an example to the younger generations that look up to him that is wrong and totally against the whole concept of good sport.

There are those like the French team coach Raymond Domenech who sees nothing wrong with this and asks that we accept it as part of the game. Then again when you realise that he will be receiving around €862,000 because of qualification you can see his real motives. As this is a fraction of the numbers that the French Football Federation and FIFA will make from a much larger country than Ireland making it through to the world cup you can see where the priorities are.

One thing I disagree with and I believe its from a vocal minority in Ireland is the knee jerk reaction calling for boycotts of French products. I find this childish and immature in the extreme. Then again the people calling for the boycott probably don’t know the difference between Easy Singles and Roquefort. I love France, French Food and Wine and I am not going to stop or make any apologies for doing so.

The world football authorities need to ensure there isn’t a repeat of incidents like last Wednesday’s now otherwise they will cheapen the competition that’s the pinnacle of the sport further and instead of drawing people towards Soccer they will repel more and more from it.

Disgusting

Well tonight Ireland were cheated in Paris. A player who I had counted as a gentlemen has forever tainted his reputation by one moment of gamesmanship. If World Cup qualification was decided by the game in Dublin last Sunday no one would have had an issue with France going to South Africa. However Ireland tonight in Paris made the French look second best. We beat them in 90 minutes and they robbed us in extra time.

But Henry is not to blame. The referee is not to blame. The authorities, FIFA are to blame. They have allowed cynicism and gamesmanship to be the currency of modern football, instead of honesty and sportsmanship. Not stamping down with conviction on players diving, feigning injury and changing rules like seeding the play offs in Europe for the World Cup when it looked like some of the big money teams were in danger of going out of the World Cup.

Football is marketed as a means to allow young people to develop into adults. What I have seen tonight is a lesson to young players than honesty doesn’t pay and cheating is the way to get on in life.

Back to life…..on the sports front!

A while since the last update. Since then the Irish Team just won the Grand Slam and caused numerous near heart attacks across the nation in that momentous final game against Wales. The soccer team won with 2 draws (yes that is sarcasm!). Yours truly got over to London to see my beloved Arsenal :) All in all the sporting front is good.


Arsenal Crest