Soccer Game Drones On, Starts Balkans War (Maybe)
Many times the line between sport and politics gets blurred, especially in soccer (or "football" if you're nasty). Hitler (didn't think you'd read that name here, did you?) annexed Austria so he could commandeer its players and make an über World Cup team to beat Italy (it didn't work, and the rest is history). In 1958, the French team brought in Algerian players for the World Cup, but because their country was fighting France for independence, they fled instead. Argentina's junta government in 1978 supposedly paid Peru a bribe of 35,000 tons of grain for a lopsided win so it could progress out of pool play. So if war breaks out in the Balkans, we can perhaps point to this event:
This is a Euro 2016 qualifier between Albania and Serbia in Belgrade, where a drone carrying a provocative flag caused fights to break out among players and spectators. The flag says "Auotnomy" and contains a map of Albania that includes Serbia as part of its territory. Yeah, I'd be pissed too. However, I may not have been this pissed:
The rioting and fighting got so bad, the match was eventually called, which could better be described as a ceasefire. For now. In a related story, London mayor Boris Johnson (aka England's Rob Ford) declared war on children with this move:
My money's on the kids.
David Young has been a columnist for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, and thinks the American Civil War could have been decided with two 45-minute halves plus injury time. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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