Monday, March 30, 2009


It is very sad when the beauty of football and football passion leads to such a tragedy as what happened in Côte d'Ivoire in a World Cup qualifier against Malawi in Abidjan this weekend.
It is a great tragedy that such events overshadow the fact that Côte d'Ivoire is a fantastic football nation with great footballers and great fans, and this should be decried by all fans all over.
That said, something should be done about such catastrophes that seem to happens too often, the result of mismanagement and corruption (and I won't say poverty, because the people who are responsible are not poor).
Also, in spite of my scepticism against the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, I am certain that such events could never take place in South Africa, and that when someone draws parallels to the coming world cup there, it is just a confirmation of stereotypes about "all Africans are the same."

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