Platini, You Tart

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Good afternoon.

Enjoying the Euros? Rarely are the first games of any tournament much to write home about.

What is for certain is whatever Officer Dibble over there is in charge of the gendarmes, they need to pull there finger out and sharpish. The footage on YouTube of a steward being used as a stress ball by bovver boys has been viewed by close to 100,000 people.

In Lodz,  a gang of about 50 masked Polish thugs targeted English and Russian accented fans in a violent burst of punches and kicks.

Report in the Irish Examiner this morning about more violence where 14 were arrested in Poznan. The suggestion being that Irish and Croatian fans were swooped on by Polish fans as they sat peacefully on the pavement terrace of the Sami Swoj pub.

What’s as chilling a prospect is a planned march by Russians this coming Tuesday (when Russia and Poland play each other) to mark Russia Day. The best bit of this insanity is that when this idea was broached last week a Polish ‘All Union’ mob asked for permission to ‘counter march’.

As ever in football it’s only punters like you and I that can see the difference between thoroughly good ideas and thoroughly bad ones. As far as racism goes, it’s not even a specter.

It’s been confirmed as present at training matches and tournament games alike. The Dutch had to listen to ‘monkey chants’ while they trained in Krakow. UEFA’s response was surreal. They said it had no plans to launch an investigation into the alleged racism, saying it believed the abusive chanting was in protest against Krakow not being chosen as one of the Euro 2012 host cities.

You cannot help but feel that Platini and the rest of the corpulent leeches that are responsible for awarding these things to those that whore and bribe themselves the best are living in another world. They cruise from one extravagant lunch to another with the air of the most pious of popes, not for  a nano second considering that their decisions might carry consequences to real people.

At this rate people will be selling bits of Poland and the Ukraine like they did of the Berlin Wall.

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  • Bruxie says:

    Don’t get me going over the fact that UEFA gave the tournament to these prats.

    Oh, you already have! :daumen:

    • Poland says:

      Its so much hate in your comments for my country. You blame hole country for few idiot’s. It’s hard to read cause I’m a spurs fan and I feel betrayed by own fans. You writing those article’s cause u upset that u didn’t get the world cup. But this is the reason no one vote for you cause u think that you better than everyone else. People don’t like that. England have own problem with racist. Did u forget Adebayor!? Yids chant by Chelsea fans. Solve your own problems. Soon John Terry will teach Poland about racist

      • Harry Hotspur says:

        Is crack that cheap where you are?
        Mail me, I want to retire in the next 5 years.

      • Burstin says:

        @ Poland, although I can understand that you love your country and that as you say ‘you blame hole country for few idiots.’ I think the problem is a little bigger than a few idiots. I went to Poland a few years ago and it is a beautiful country and the people are generally very nice. However, I’m sure the police would be able to control ‘a few idiots’… but they can’t because there are more than just a few idiots… there are currently lot’s of idiots and it is unfortunately a very bad reflection on your country.

    • KrakowJosh says:

      This sentiment needs nipping in the bud right now. First, the BBC Panorama programme was a travesty: people I know here were involved in its making and are now absolutely furious.

      Also a glance at this might help:

      The atmosphere here in Krakow has been fantastic and very friendly; the police are very experienced at dealing with drunken idiots from Britain and Ireland, and everything has been calm so far. And don’t make the mistake of assuming that what takes place during local derbies is the same for internationals.

      Can’t comment for Ukraine, though.

  • Bruxie says:

    I read in the Sunday Times that Young will play through any abuse.

    Good on him.

    The article went on to say that Young’s father was of West Indian descent and his mother was English.

    “What sort of English?” I asked myself.

    Asian, Caucasisn, Afro-Carribean?

    Even a newspaper of that standing makes assumptions that all English are white!

    • Spurstacus says:

      What kind of West Indian? Not all West Indians are black.

      • Bruxie says:

        I know.

        • T-ma says:

          It’s ridiculous I tell you.. Having grown up in Botswana, a stone throw from post-apartheid south africa, with interacial parents. I experienced, and continue to experience subtle racism. The other day my white mate from the US came to say over for a week or so – I introduced her to my grandfather, who referred to her as lekgoa (white person), and used the pronoun for equivalent to ‘it’ in setswana when talking about her.. I was too shocked.. I don’t know if that is blatantly racist or just not knowing the correct decorum..

  • Simon says:

    I’m waiting for you to tell us all how this is Harry Redknapp’s fault….

  • Xildnparadise says:

    What….. UEFA, FIFA and the IOC…. Racist, anti semites who whore themselves to the highest $$$???? Blatter, Platini, Rogge… Once again never make a mistake, admit the mistake or god forbid take responsibility….. Heard the IOC and the London Committee are making sure that any rememberence of the Munich Massacre is kept hidden in a broom closet……. WC in Russia then Quatar, enjoy the heat if you survive the locals four years earlier….

  • tony says:

    FIFA are a bloody disgrace.Sack them all & put younger ex players & police officials (Not the corrupt ones)in charge then clamp down on the scum that brings this world of football into the gutter.
    Lock them all up for 10 years very hard labour then after this throw away the keys.

    This will then teach them all a lesson.

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