What fans do | Disdain for anthemic strains

London | Farayi Mungazi of BBC Sport worries about Sepp Blatter‘s recent suggestion about banning pre-game national anthems from international football. On the idea that FIFA could commission a generic anthem, in accord with that presaging UEFA Champions League fixtures, Mungazi writes that “[n]ot only do I beg to sing a different tune, but I would rather pour boiling water directly onto my eardrums than hear any so-called football anthem.” Mungazi says that booing of national anthems—the problem that gave rise to Blatter’s original comments (see Nov 22)—is, in Africa, most prominent in Algeria and Tunisia. But the jeering “should not be taken so seriously. Players themselves brush it off as fans doing what fans do.”

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