The FA has ignored the concerns of fans and lower league clubs in favour of the interests of the wealthiest soccer interest – once again showing it’s mostly concerned about serving the already-powerful.
To demonstrate opposition to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, protests, strikes and direct actions have been sweeping Brazil in massive numbers. Occupying a space next to Arena Corinthians in São Paolo, where the first match will be held, over 10,000 people are protesting in the name of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MTST). Around the rest of Brazil, such as in Rio de Janeiro, countless others are organizing smaller protests against the government.
Their slogan is #NãoVaiTerCopa, or “There will be no Cup.” MTST coordinator Maria das Dores Cirqueira summarizes their grievances telling the LA Times, “When the government told us we would host the World Cup, we hoped there would be improvements for us. But they aren’t putting on a Cup for the people, they’re putting on a Cup for the gringos.”
The World Cup is rapidly coming to Brazil. The protests are already there.
Following on from the last post, here is a copy of the letter Manchester United sent to the supporter RE his lifetime ban for bringing a can of beer into a stadium. Pathetic, over the top and all too common example of collusion between football clubs and the police.
A Manchester United fan has been banned ‘indefinitely’ from away matches after being caught with a can of beer in his bag .
Wow. Just wow.
It’s crazy that true fans can be banned from games just for drinking in the wrong pub…
Apologies for the relative lack of posts recently - been taking a bit of a break and been busy with other stuff. Thanks for the submissions and questions - I’ve started replying and will try and publish responses soon. Cheers.