Mr. Burton, you were not put on this earth to get it! — Egg Shen
I don’t get it and maybe, like the quote, I’m just not supposed to get it. But I just don’t understand how an organization like FIFA, which is so staunchly anti-racism that they fined the Croatian FA a whopping £15,000 for racist chants directed at Emile Heskey, can sanction a match in Dnepropetrovsk knowing full well that the Ukrainian fans are going to sing monkey chants.
Hmm… maybe FIFA isn’t really all that interested in stamping out racism? Maybe, like the paltry fine they leveled against Croatia, they are just paying lip service to this problem? That would explain why FIFA is looking at holding Euro 2012 in Dnepropetrovsk knowing full well that there will be a sizable contingent of disgusting fascists in the stands tonight and in 2012. I suppose we should give the Ukrainian FA a chance to see if they can control their fans. That no one thinks they will is all the evidence I need to say that they shouldn’t be holding this match there at all, but what the hell, let’s give them a chance.
I do want to commend Emile Heskey. It takes a really big man to step in to a stadium like that knowing that he’s going to be abused by some of the most disgusting morons on the planet. It’s happened to him many times before and each time he’s held his head high and simply got on with life. Could you imagine going to work and having people racially abuse you? I have to imagine my work would suffer and it’s a credit to the man that he’s never let them get to him.
In other wacky news, Sir Alex Ferguson publicly apologized to Alan Wiley. That’s seals it, the apocalypse is nigh. Either that or Fergie realized he might be liable for a slander suit and wanted to nip that possibility in the bud. Nah, it’s the apocalypse.
And finally, barf bag on standby, there’s this lovingly tender interview with Joey Barton. After reading this article, I’m sure that Joey Barton is a wonderful person with many redeeming qualities: a good right hook is just one!
WARNING, reading that interview may have the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, insanity, Adebayorism, and a sudden and complete loss of all bowel functions.
In Arsenal news, I read that Theo Walcott suffered a Charley Horse, that Kieran Gibbs scored two goals, and that Jack Wilshere was “classy” in the England U21’s 6-3 win over Macedonia. I didn’t get to see the game so if one of you would like to comment on their performances I’d be grateful. The one thing that I do find interesting is how many talented young Englishmen play for Arsenal. Isn’t that cool, British Press? Wouldn’t you like to write article after article lauding Arsenal’s academy, youth program, and purchases as the future of the English national team? No? Shocking.
That’s it for today, as for yesterday, there simply wasn’t anything I wanted to write about yesterday, so for pretty much the first time in 22 months I didn’t write anything. Now, lest you think I didn’t do anything, I did make some new header images for the blog, hit refresh 800 times to see them all.
See you tomorrow!