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What fans do | Disdain for anthemic strains

Posted By John Turnbull On 28 November 2005 @ 09:03 In Regions | No Comments

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 [1].” Mungazi says that booing of national anthems—the problem that gave rise to Blatter’s original comments (see Nov 22 [2])—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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[1] I would rather pour boiling water directly onto my eardrums than hear any so-called football anthem: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/4475952.stm

[2] Nov 22: http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/?p=70

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