In defence of soccer

Crikey readers talk anti-Semitism and why Bernard Keane knows nothing about soccer.

How soccer can save the world

Vincent Burke writes Re. “I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it” (yesterday). It’s unlikely that Bernard Keane expects us to take his rant about the World Cup seriously, and it’s hard to discern if he is making a comparative assessment of the various football codes. Briefly, does he support the thuggery involved in Brian Lake’s appalling attempt to throttle Drew Petrie? How does he feel about the crippling injury sustained by NRL player Alex McKinnon, described by a reputable journalist as the “unfortunate consequence of the cannonball tackle rule”?

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

One thought on “In defence of soccer

  1. JohnB

    For goodness’ sake, Vincent Bourke, lay off about the use of the word “football”.

    It is obvious to all but the willfully blind that football codes of many types exist – including Gaellic and the ones which you mentioned.

    Association Football is but one amongst many. It has been demonstrated to be among the most corrupt businesses on the face of the earth. At World Cup level, as for the Olympics, the players and the game come second behind the business interests of the pigs at the trough.

    Childish bleatings about the word “football” or even the title “Football” are entirely unproductive, silly and off topic.

    Now what was it you really meant to say?

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details