— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 10, 2017
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Update: German Police provide more details and confirm Marc Batra is “ok” but in a state of shock:
- *POLICE: THREE EXPLOSIONS OCCURRED NEAR GERMAN SOCCER TEAM BUS
The incident reportedly took place around six miles away from the Westfalenstadion in Hochsten, as the team left their hotel. Bild also report a device was planted on the street, which exploded and shattered windows on the bus.
“We have to be careful with regions of the Gulf where there is sensitivity about products that have a cross.”
Of course. But where do Muslims ever display a similar sensitivity to non-Muslims? The old adage always holds: when in Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. When in non-Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities.
Real Madrid initially did this in 2012. This is just follow-through.
“Real Madrid remove cross from logo for Middle East fans,” as.com, January 24, 2017:
The Russian Football Union has been officially warned by UEFA that the national team will be expelled from Euro 2016 if Russian fans are involved in more violent episodes. In addition, the federation has been fined €150,000 ($168,000).
The fine follows the clashes between Russian and English football fans in Marseille, southern France, the UEFA press service said in a press-release. The violence took place in the run-up to and immediately after the game between the two national teams on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
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Violence has marred the lead up to Group B opener between England and Russia in the French city of Marseille, with both sets of supporters conducting violent running battles.
Soccer fans clashed with police in Marseille for the second time in two days, ahead of the group’s opening Euro 2016 fixture, while gangs of Russian and English supporters have also doled out violence on each other.
Early reports suggest at least five people have been injured, with police telling BFMTV that one person is in a serious condition following brawls involving around 500 supporters.
One England fan is reportedly in critical condition after sustaining a serious head wound.
Today, we find the latest, and perhaps most innovative attempt to circumvent capital controls yet when a group of Chinese investors has offered to buy AC Milan football club, one of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s most cherished assets. The offer values the club at around 700 million euros including debt, one of the sources said.
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But actions of this new global soccer police force from a country whose league is a total farce could backfire
Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter are set to launch appeals against their bans from soccer. Platini did so on Monday January 11th to FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) appeals committee and Blatter is expected to follow suit.
Platini is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, coming sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote and served as president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) from 2007 until 2015; Blatter has been FIFA president for 17 years.
With FIFA executive heads falling faster than Glencore stock (with Blatter and Platini most recently and today the entire Kuwait FA), it appeared we had reached some kind of peak debacle.. but no! German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that the German bidding committee created a slush fund in its effort to garner votes from Asian FIFA officials, land the rights to host the 2006 World Cup (which they did by 12 votes to 11).
– Putin Slams US Over FIFA Arrests: “Another Blatant Attempt By The US To Meddle Outside Its Jurisdiction” (ZeroHedge, May 28, 2015):
Following yesterday’s surprise DOJ indictment in which 14 FIFA affiliates were perp-walked out of Zurich’s swankiest hotel just days ahead of Sepp Blatter’s re-election, one person was quite displeased with this latest US intervention on the international arena: Russian president Vladimir Putin who accused the United States of meddling outside its jurisdiction by arresting officials from FIFA, further hinting that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.…
That FIFA has been a hotbed of corruption, shady backroom dealings and outright crime for years, has been known to anyone who has a passing interest in football. Which is why we were surprised to learn this morning that none other than the US Attorney General, seemingly content with all the wristslaps handed out to criminal US foreign banks (and subsequent SEC waivers) gave FIFA the red card in a charge detailing “rampant” corruption in international soccer hours after 14 officials were arrested on accusations of a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through FIFA, whose office was searched in a series of dawn raids in Zurich.
Added: Jun 8, 2014
H/t reader squodgy.
– Spot The Difference: Brazil’s World Cup Security Edition (ZeroHedge, may 17, 2014):
There are a few images that scream to mind when one thinks about Brazil – dazzling soccer footskills, illustrious dancing, and of course dark-skinned, scantily-clad females… but as The World Cup draws near for the soccer-savvy nation, there will be another image that will likely dominate the headlines…
Left: Gratuitous “Brazil” soccer-playing bikini-wearing woman
Middle: World Cup secuirty “Protective Equipment” that will be worn by Brazil’s Major Events Police Battalion
Members of a special unit set up for the tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio have been given 200 sets of the 22lb “RoboCop” protective equipment, which is flame resistant to up to 427C.
It includes a helmet and vest that protects the back, chest and shoulders, plastic shin pads, a pepper spray mask and a belt for a.40 calibre pistol, stun gun, handcuffs and baton.
How stupid can they get?
– Own goal: US senators fail to kick Russia out of 2014 World Cup (RT, April 3, 2014):
Football’s world governing body FIFA, has refused to kick Russia out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after two American senators said the country should be barred due to its actions in Ukraine.
Dan Coats and Mark Kirk wrote a letter to the organization based in Zurich in March asking for Russia’s membership to be suspended, and for the country to be barred from competing in this year’s World Cup in Brazil, as well as losing the right to host the event in four years’ time.
In a letter to the two senators, FIFA said participation in the World Cup is based on sporting merit and only a violation of FIFA statutes and regulations could lead to a suspension from a competition.
Coats, a Republican senator from Indiana, was deeply disappointed by the ruling, saying, “FIFA suggests that outrageous misbehavior by member states does not matter because such decisions are irrelevant to soccer.”
– Spanish Soccer Players Refuse To Play Ball After Going Unpaid For Months (ZeroHedge, Jan 31, 2014)
– Believe It Or Not: Japan To Reopen Soccer Facility In Fukushima For 2020 Olympics (ZeroHedge, Nov 26, 2013):
Below we present a twitter exchange we had with a Japanese media outlet overnight on Twitter. It needs no commentary.
Plan in the works to decontaminate Fukushima's J-Village in time to reopen it as soccer facility ahead of 2020 Olympics.
— SNA Japan (@ShingetsuNews) November 26, 2013
Is this a joke “@ShingetsuNews: Plan in the works to decontaminate Fukushima's J-Village to reopen it as soccer facility ahead of Olympics.”
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 26, 2013
@zerohedge No joke. TEPCO, Fukushima Prefecture, and the Japan Football Association have begun talks on the plan.
— SNA Japan (@ShingetsuNews) November 26, 2013
00:06 GMT: At least 28 people have been injured in clashes with police in Rio de Janeiro. Most of the wounded were hit by rubber bullets, pepper spray and stones, officials at the Souza Aguiar hospital said.
Friday, June 21
23:47 GMT: In the city of Porto Alegre military police used a helicopter and tear gas to disperse protesters that approached the headquarters of RBS Group, a media conglomerate that publishes numerous newspapers along with radio and television stations.
23:13 GMT: Riot police in the capital Brasilia have prevented a group of protesters from breaking through the police cordon towards the Congress.
More than 20,000 are rallying in front of the Congress in the capital, Brasilia. Some 3,500 police officers were deployed to the area to respond, with clashes erupting after a group of protesters reportedly started throwing Molotov cocktails and attempted to break through the police cordon. Officers responded with tear gas.
22:45 GMT: Police fired large rounds of tear gas against protesters in the city of Campinas in Sao Paulo state in a confrontation adjacent to government buildings.
22:03 GMT: Police in Rio de Janeiro have already resorted to tear gas early Thursday evening to disperse a crowd making its way to city hall. Plumes of smoke could be seen on video broadcast by local TV.
Authorities in Brazil’s cultural capital expect as many as a million protesters to converge on the city, despite recent announcements by state governments to scrap plans to increase public transportation costs. Protesters intended to march on Maracana Stadium just as a Confederations cup football game was to kick off.
21:32 GMT: A huge demonstration is currently taking place in the Candelaria neighborhood of downtown Rio de Janeiro. At least 300,000 people have marched towards town hall, according to estimates by the police, who expect as many as a million protesters to gather later in the day.
– Brazil hit by largest protests yet as hundreds of thousands march (Reuters, June 20, 2013):
Brazil’s biggest protests in two decades intensified on Thursday despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations, as 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities.
Undeterred by the reversal of transport fare hikes that sparked the protests, and promises of better public services, marchers demonstrated around two international soccer matches and in locales as diverse as the Amazon capital of Manaus and the prosperous southern city of Florianopolis.
“Twenty cents was just the start,” read signs held by many converging along the Avenida Paulista, the broad avenue in central Sao Paulo, referring to the bus fare reductions.
In the capital, Brasilia, tens of thousands of protesters by early evening marched around the landmark modernist buildings that house Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential offices.
The swelling tide of protests prompted President Dilma Rousseff to cancel a trip next week to Japan, her office said.
The targets of the protests, now in their second week, have broadened to include high taxes, inflation, corruption and poor public services ranging from hospitals and schools to roads and police forces.
With an international soccer tournament as a backdrop, demonstrators are also denouncing the more than $26 billion of public money that will be spent on the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, two events meant to showcase a modern, developed Brazil.
Meanwhile in Spain:
– Spain Reminds Us What The Main Problem With Blank Checks Is: Says Q2 GDP Will Be Worse Than Q1 (ZeroHedge, July 1, 2012):
Spain, which just said that its economy will contract in Q2 even more than in Q1.
In the mean time Spain’s already deep recession is about to become even worse, to be followed by Italy, France, and soon, Germany too, now that it has decided to spread the wealth.
Back to ‘panem et circenses’:
– Spain wins again, beating Italy 4-0 at Euro 2012 (Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2012):
KIEV, Ukraine — Spain trounced Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, retaining its title and extending its reign as the best team in world football.
Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba in the first half gave Spain a convincing lead. Fernando Torres and fellow substitute Juan Mata added goals in the last six minutes.Italy’s task was tough enough with 11 players, and it became impossible with just 10 after the 64th minute. All its substitutes were used when midfielder Thiago Motta, who had only been on the pitch for seven minutes, was taken off due to injury.
The victory lifted Spain to a record third straight major title, after winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. The hat trick of titles is an unprecedented feat for a European team, as is successfully defending the championship.
Spain and Italy are NEXT on the list (to be destoryed like Greece and Ireland).
And so both of them deserve to be in the ENDGAME.
Enjoy ‘panem et circenses’ whilst you can.
Spain is too big to be bailed out and Italy is even worse.
So my guess is that Italy will win the soccer game, …
… but will be burnt to the ground like Ireland and Greece, which is the endgame for the euro!
– Italy’s Revenge: VAFFANMERKEL (ZeroHedge, June 29, 2012):
In this bizarro world, in which beggars have practically convinced themselves, and certainly the S&P500, they are now choosers, the latest escalation is actually biting the hand that feeds you. Below is today’s front page of Italian Libero. It is self-explanatory.
Just a thought (and one which so many people forget): every action has a bigger (sorry Newton) and opposite reaction. Italy may enjoy its day in the sun, but one day soon the surreal Stockholm syndrome will end. Then it will be the turn of all those 82 million very angry Germans, as we described last year, to have a word or two about their broke neighbors.