Friday, January 23, 2009

Soccer in orgy of spending in the face of death

How could a soccer club, put an offer of £ 100 000 per week on the table, for a player, in a time where governments are using public funds to bail out private banks and where thousands of people loose their jobs, their income, their livelihood? Maybe I've lost the plot somewhere or the soccer fraternity has. Maybe this is only possible in a world where it's okay for a Brazilian soccer player, currently playing for an Italian team owned by the Prime Minister of that country, yet also wanting to play in the English Premier League, in a club called Manchester City, 10th on the log, which is owned by an Arab from UAE. I could have started with our very own Mamelodi Sundowns as well: a club, owned by mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, which put offers of R 2,5m on the table for players or pay R 760 000 per week for a coach from France. They'e also 10th on the log. This, in a country, governed by comrades, where state hospitals are falling apart and where the poor simply have to be patient, waiting in long lines. If only it was nothing. Maybe I got my facts all wrong and wrangled up. Something is wrong with this; something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

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