Middle East politics is no game for soccer players
Sportspeople expounding from a political soapbox – like those demanding Israel not host the UEFA Under-21 tournament - tend to bring out the worst in me. But politicians on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide have also descended to the level of the playing field.
In certain matters, I will always defer to the wisdom and knowledge of the soccer players of the English Premiership League. The skill, passion and physical grace that they bring to the Beautiful Game? Certainly. The profligacy with which they distribute their not inconsiderable earnings across car dealerships and gambling dens? Obviously. The enthusiasm – deviancy might be a better description – that they vest...
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