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Pick who we want to: murdering Islamists and right-on Westerners bring fear to football

by | 16th, November 2015

12 Jul 1998: Zinedine Zidane (no.10) of France is hailed by his team mates after a match winning performance in the World Cup Final against Brazil at the Stade de France in St Denis. Zidane scored twice as France won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport

 

Writing in the Sun , former England football captain Alan Shearer mentions the horror in Paris. He says he was in Paris only recently. It never crossed Shearer’s mind the city was dangerous as he ate dinner at a restaurant. He talks of the thought that all football fans will wonder about their safety at the match. All true.

But then he turns football into a moral force. He recalls the great France side that won the 1998 World Cup, and how its players from a range of backgrounds “brought French people…together”:

“It is even more important now that Euro 2016 does that again and show a united front in the face of those terrorists.”

That France team did not win because the players were black, white or brown. They won because they were the best team. In Shearer’s call for sport to have a public message, the public are cast as bovine, simple minds who know only what they are told.

It’s suggestive of the insecurity that allows the enemy inside the gates; the idea that if France drops

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