Blatter: scrap anthems before big matches

One man who’s rarely far from the next headline is FIFA President Sepp Blatter. This time, he’s in the news for his proposal that national anthems be scrapped before big matches.

  • smcgiff

    Good idea – I think they should ban the scoring of goals too in the interest of not upsetting anybody. Victory should depend solely on which player can offer the most sincere handshake to the opposing team at the end of 90 minutes.

  • idunnomeself

    Jim Boyce agrees with this too, not sure if it’s the IFA line, but it is on their website

  • Zorro

    Let’s face it, in a “hype–pathetic ” match between the Facist Bigots FC and the Honourable Patriots FC, you know which team would win hands down. I am confident that such a match would pass off peacfull though as the supporters of the latter team wouldn’t be bothered to turn up, preferring instead the comfort of their armchair.

    Oh what a Joy it would be to see the playing of all National Anthems being scraped!

  • Daugavas

    Speaking of football why no thread on the fact that local boy Geordie Best is about to kick the bucket?

  • Brian Boru

    Disagree completely. Political-Correctness gone mad.

  • Realist

    “Speaking of football why no thread on the fact that local boy Geordie Best is about to kick the bucket?”

    Decorum perhaps?

    I’ve a suspicion there might be a wee thread, after he has been allowed to “kick the bucket” in peace.

  • finn69

    more than likely its a stepping stone to replacing national teams with teams picked from players who actually ply their trade in that country and not having players flying all around the world. Austrailia been a prime example of the logistics – by playing friendies in England – and Ireland an example of a country punching above their weight by having 100% of their team flying in from abroad to play a home game

  • cas

    “more than likely its a stepping stone to replacing national teams with teams picked from players who actually ply their trade in that country and not having players flying all around the world.”

    No. 3 in the world rankings Argentina, would have a pretty poor team if this was the case, only three out of the squad of twenty four which travelled to play England recently, ply their trade at home in Argentina.

    No.1 in the FIFA rankings Brazil,had only one player who plays in Brazil in the squad of twenty four for the game against Equador recently.

  • Try telling Brazilians they can’t play Ronaldinho because he doesn’t play his club football in Brazil.

    Utter rubbish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=aRHk8ol0vTw

  • DanDaMan

    First of all, while those jokes are going to be doing the rounds soon enough, to me, they are still the stuff of sick bastards. Since starting to follow slugger I’ve encountered a mostly very decorum-laden approach to such things, and I know I speak on behalf of decent folks when I ask for these jokes to be left off the site.

    As far as the anthems are concerned, our own Windsor Park has been subject to much scrutiny regarding the coverall issue of “tolerance” many times, and I have to say that, with the exception of the Welsh anthem which was booed “cuz they booed ours over thur like” a la Turkey-Switzerland, even during the darker days of sectarian behaviour, foreign anthems were, by and large respected, and they are very much to this day. The friendly with Portugal was a prime example of this. While other nations’ fans may choose in larger amount to boo an opposing anthem, perhaps addding fuel to Blatter’s thoughts/decisions, I cant understand how the IFA could feasibly think of scrapping them. And before someone mentions it, the concept of replacing GSTQ is a seperate issue, even if it were changed, there would still be an anthem sung before the match.

  • B.P

    As an Aussie who has no connection with NI or the ROI, I completely agree with Blatter’s suggestion. I recently went to an international rugby match and found the experience of the anthems (particularly the Australian anthem) completely underwhelming and boring, detracting from the anticipation of the start of the match. The playing of anthems are an American inspired innovation, which never used to have a place in certain sports. The next thing you know, anthems will be played before an Ashes test match; enough is enough.

  • Zorro

    bigot noun., -b-i-g-o-t-, person who is intolerant , esp regarding religion or race

    Why this particular word should be blocked from a blog is a mystery –what’s going on Mick?

    Given that a majority of people in this society appear not to be able to tolerate people from different backgrounds to themselves, we should scrap the playing of anthems totally. Granted, in an ideal world everyone would respect difference and welcome diversity. Sadly this is not a perfect world. Scrap the anthems.

  • finn69

    “Try telling Brazilians they can’t play Ronaldinho because he doesn’t play his club football in Brazil.”

    as they don’t pay his wages I’ll happily tell them.

    they’ll probably be unhappy not hearing the brazilian anthem either
    http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/sport/football/manchesterunited/s/81/81709_aussies_bar_viduka_from_united_clash.html

    i think this better illustrates my point.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Sepp Blatter is an idiot. I have believed this since the day he took the FIFA Presidency. Next he’ll be banning supporters bringing the flag of their country into stadiums, lest it upsets fans from the opposing country!