Bringing politics into sport

An amusing enough article at the Beeb [who wish to teach kids about fake news] but the implications are still interesting:

‘I don’t think I would be allowed’ – Mourinho on Guardiola’s ‘political message’

Guardiola has recently worn a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

He dedicated City’s Champions League win over Napoli last month to the campaigners.

Mourinho said: “If the rules allow us to do that, he is a free citizen. My doubt is if the rules allow any political message on the pitch.

“I don’t think I would be allowed to.”

Had to smile at Mourinho who has to have a match against Guardiola coming up, otherwise he wouldn’t bother. Jose’s usual mindgames at work but what are the rights and wrongs of what he says?

A certain revered reader here says we must separate the spiritual and political as if they’re two entirely different things, when in fact Jesus of Nazareth was quite political indeed and it was for political reasons the Romans allowed the Jews to kill Him.

Also, is saying someone should be allowed a vote the same as someone saying vote for this person or have this person killed? Three of those are coming up in the next post.

Should the South African rugby team have toured Australia in the 70s, claiming that they were sporting, not political?

Was the digging up of the Headingley pitch a legitimate grievance?

Are the transport workers right to hold the people of London hostage for more pay just before Christmas?

What is free speech? These and many other questions are sent to perplex us.

2 comments for “Bringing politics into sport

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    December 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I wish they’d bring some football into Scousers red versus Scousers blue.

    • December 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      I predicted that result.

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