‘Wir für euch’ | Germans battle angst as the clock ticks

Hauck

Finally, the event allows focus to human-rights issues such as the trafficking in women from Eastern Europe and the relationship between soccer and justice. Kuno Hauck of the Nurnberger Menschenrechtszentrum, a human-rights center in Nuremberg, has raised questions about the latter as part of the Coalition against Impunity: Truth and Justice for the German Disappeared in Argentina. The group seeks information about German victims of the Argentine dictatorship and still questions whether Germany should have sent a national team to the 1978 World Cup finals when torture and murders were taking place.

They ask that the German football federation create a code of ethics and open a conversation about human rights in participating countries in this year’s World Cup, especially Iran. Says Hauck:

Back in 1978, there were some players who expressed criticism toward Argentina. There were others who just said: “What’s happening in Argentina doesn’t concern me. I just want to play soccer.” But we think that’s naive. You can’t just say: “Sports is sports, politics is politics.” It’s very unrealistic to believe that when a national team plays somewhere, spectators don’t connect the politics of their home country and everything else that happens there with the players.

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  1. Brian:

    Sometimes I’m glad soccer isn’t as big in the US as it is in other countries. I think it’s bad enough the Senate stuck its nose in the baseball steroids thing. But I can’t imagine Congress demanding a federal investigation just because, say, the US team lost a few games at the World Baseballl Classic. This sort of political grandstanding/meddling is far too common in soccer. Unless there’s criminal wrongdoing, German MPs shouldn’t waste their time on badgering Klinsi.

    And besides, everyone was calling for Rudi Voeller to be given the sack before WC2002 and they made it all the way to the final.

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