Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Call their bluff

French mind games concerning the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade in September have already started. Allegedly spurred by the jeering of the Austrian anthem by the Serbian crowd last Saturday, they threaten to abandon the pitch if the same thing happens to the Marselliaise. The heads of the Serbian FA, emulating similar behaviour of the governement, rushed to "educate" the fans in sporting culture(which our fans do lack, but not in the sense it is suggested).

Well, I say, let them go! FIFA rules explicitly forbid the abandonment of games without the accord of the officials and even they can allow it only under clear circumstances. Why are we under any obbligation to accomodate the French? If they leave we win by forfeit, but that would not be the real benefit of calling the French bluff. It would put a stop to any further similar attempts to obtain special conditions, ones they would not dream of asking from anybody else. If we kow-tow to French demands, the next thing would be someone asking that we cancel any kind of support from the stands altogether.

As for what the empty shell that is the France of today deserves, that is another story...


M said...

Who cares about France's national team? The Serbs have every right to boo Western national anthem given the events of the last 20 years or, really, the events since 1389 to be precise. As always, I'm going to root for the Serbs and if I'm lucky I could even visit again the wonderful city of Beograd more or less during that period.

Marco (an Italian living in Rome)

M said...

Of course, if the French leave the pitch after entering, it should be ruled as a 3-0 forfeit win for the Serbian people. It'd be so good!!!