France Threatens To Take Their Ball, Go Home

You know how when you’re confronted with some kind of idiotic personality you’re supposed to ignore them instead of making a big deal about them and, thusly, encouraging them? Looks like they don’t know those rules in France: “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! From thus forward if thoust scorn our national anthem, we shall immediately halt the sporting contest!” (That’s French, right?)

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The move comes hot on the heels of an incident in last Tuesday’s France-Tunisia tilt, during which many of the Tunisians in the crowd booed or “whistled” - which is apparently bad overseas - during “La Marseillaise”, the French national anthem. The intention of the threat is to calm the racial tensions that have plagued the sport recently.

Yeah, that’ll work.


Any football match in France before which the country’s national anthem is booed will now be “immediately stopped”, French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“Government members will immediately leave the arena where our national anthem has been whistled.

“When whistling of our national anthem happens, all friendly games with the country concerned will be suspended for a period yet to be determined by the federation president.”

But yeah, no way this is going to work. We’d suggest all players in the next match just go ahead and save themselves a trip by staying home. After an announcement like this, the innate “Damn the Man!” anti-establishment tendencies of the fans should kick in, forcing them to boo anything and everything in sight, no matter how sacred. Good thing Sarah Palin doesn’t have any overseas visits scheduled.

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