Posts Tagged ‘football’
Tags: football, Manchester United, television
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Tags: football, Great Britain, miners, monetarism, privatization, Thatcher
OK, it may not be the Iron Lady’s most infamous legacy (that honor goes to the attack on the miners, the privatizing of public enterprises, and the extreme monetarism of macroeconomic policy), but the role of Thatcherism in undermining British football—during the Hillsborough disaster and through cuts to after-school sports funding—should not be forgotten.
It certainly hasn’t been by Liverpool fans.
Tags: Billy Bragg, England, fascism, football, protest
Another response to the appointment of self-professed-fascist-but-not-racist Paolo di Canio as the new manager of Sunderland Football Club.
Tags: England, fascism, football, miners, politics, protest, workers
The Durham Miners’ Association has criticized Sunderland Football Club for appointing Paolo Di Canio as its new manager and demanded that a banner that has been on loan to the club for 15 years is returned.
Dave Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association, said in a letter to the club that the decision to appoint Di Canio was an insult to those from north-east England who fought and died fighting fascism.
Hopper was a miner for 27 years at Wearmouth colliery, which was on the site where the Stadium of Light stands. He said: “We are not prepared to have a banner in the ground where that man is one of the leading protagonists.
“The club professes to be a community club but when you look at the man they have appointed it is certainly not going to do the community much good. It is going to be an encouragement to all these rightwing groups that are already running about here – the EDL and BNP. What sort of message is that sending to the community?”
Wearmouth colliery closed in 1993. Work began on Sunderland’s new stadium in May 1996, opening in July 1997. Since then the Wearmouth Colliery banner has been displayed just inside the main entrance to the ground.
The letter demanding its return was sent as Di Canio held his first press conference at the club. The 44-year-old – who admitted in a 2005 interview with an Italian news agency to being “a fascist, but not a racist” – refused to expand on his political views during the briefing.
He said: “I don’t want to talk any more about politics for one reason because I’m not in the House[es] of Parliament, I’m not a political person, I will talk about only football.”
A spokesperson for Sunderland football club said: “The club has not had any direct contact from The Durham Miners Association as yet, but naturally we would welcome the opportunity to talk to them.”
Di Canio’s previous political statements have led to the resignation of the club’s vice-chairman, David Miliband, the departing Labour MP for South Shields and a former foreign secretary.
Tags: banks, corruption, football, law
No, not the kind of football that is killing its own players.
I’m referring to the other game of football—the one where a Europol investigation found that nearly 700 matches were fixed.
And I’m referring to the banks, like Barclays and UBS, that have admitted to fixing Libor.
In both cases, an organized crime syndicate was operating behind the scenes, fixing the outcomes, and betting on the results. And in both cases, a few arrests will take place and the game will go on as if nothing had happened—until the next scandal erupts.
So, to answer my question: there is no real difference—except that one really is a beautiful game for players and fans alike (and thus is worth cleaning up), while the other is just a game to suck up as much of society’s surplus as possible (and thus become so big they can’t be allowed to fail).
Tags: cartoon, education, football, guns, jobs, Notre Dame, Obama, sports, taxes, United States, violence
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Tags: austerity, football, Greece
Have you heard the one about the madam and the undertaker?
Well, they’ve stepped in, amidst the disaster of austerity policies in Greece, to sponsor the amateur football clubs in Larissa and Trikala.
Tags: cooperatives, football, noncapitalism
In this, the International Year of Cooperatives, it is worthwhile imagining noncapitalist, cooperative ways of organizing many different dimensions of economic and social life—including the “beautiful game,” football.