Sports Letters: Nationalism of the Worst Kind
From Mrs S Steel, The Independent (London, England)
Sir: Football and nationalism - not exactly a novel topic. 'England', ie some officials from the English Football Association, cancel a match against 'Germany', ie 11 German football players; 'Germany', ie some officials from the German football association , cancel a match against 'Wales', ie 11 Welsh players, because these matches were stupidly arranged for the Fuhrer's birthday (a well- known date) and Rudolf Hess's birthday (it must have taken some digging to unearth this fact).
Of course, one could now go on digging. As the year has 365 days but there were/are many more than 365 old Nazis the neo-Nazis could turn into their heroes, there should never be a national or international football fixture.
But this is only the ridiculous aspect of the argument. The present outcry about nationalism - German nationalism, of course - and its relation to football is really a bit of a joke gone wrong.
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Publication information: Article title: Sports Letters: Nationalism of the Worst Kind. Contributors: From Mrs S Steel - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 21, 1994. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.