Day: November 12, 2010

A Picture That Dotmund Did: John W. Henry

Ah well.  It started out so positively and with such hopefulness for the future.  But it was only a matter of time before Liverpool’s new owner went all “Game 39” on our asses.  Still, maybe it won’t be so bad.  Dotmund explores on our behalf. Click for full-size All of the original artwork in the A Picture That Dotmund Did series is available to buy. Today’s piece is on sale at £50, with half of the money going to Macmillan Cancer Support. If you are interested, contact Dotmund via his website...

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Homophobia In Football: Two Visions Of The Future

Modern football seems to exist in a parallel universe to the rest of the world in some respects. Financial mismanagement by clubs ends in the customers (or, as they used to be called, “supporters”) being punished rather than those that mismanaged in the first place. Those same clubs pursue abstracts, such as league points and the transitory glory of winning trophies, to the exclusion of everything else including, more often than not moral considerations. Moreover, attitudes that would be considered absolute anathema in any other area of life continue to be tolerated. Football and homophobia are old friends. It’s an uncomfortable truth that gets cast aside in the circus that is the modern game, but it is there all the same and its most visible representation is in the number of openly gay players there are in modern, professional English football: none. English isn’t a remote, isolated case in this respect, of course, but on Europe two opposing views on the issue have raised their heads over the last few days: one of them ugly and regressive, the other enlightened. The comments of Vlatko Markovic, the president of the Croatian FA, were surprising primarily because he seems to have made them for no reason.In an interview with Croation Times, he stated: While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national...

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