Don't forget that Italy won the World Cup

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 July, 2006, 12:00am

I find many stories relating to the World Cup at times amazing, amusing and sad.

It is unbelievable how some people treated the issues, sometimes showing a total lack of fair play and respect for the legitimate winners (ie: Italy, just as a reminder to those people).

Before being taught a lesson, some German press created headlines with an abundant variety of adjectives, which served more to harass Italians than stating anything pertinent to the game.

Now the French are similarly having a hard time in accepting defeat and they have been trying to find all sorts of excuses in order to justify the unjustifiable, thus appearing even a bit pathetic.

They have been trying to legitimise Zidane's act and make him appear as a national hero who paid a high price to defend his honour and that of the country against 'racist' Italians.

Someone here in Hong Kong speculated that the fact the Italian team do not have any black players proves that Italians are racist ('It should be taken for what it was - racism', July 13).

Probably this person does not realise that if it was not for its immigrants with different ethnic backgrounds France would never have won the World Cup in 1998.

Italy won their fourth world title only with Italian players. What's wrong with that? Are those people talking about racism saying the recent protests in the French suburbs by those ethnic minorities - which lasted weeks (and have not finished yet) - were caused by the facts that these minorities were treated better than any other French person?

Are the French selectively racist by accepting only those successful immigrants and repressing all others? I wonder if racism has really got anything to do with Italy's victory in the World Cup? Probably not. Forza Azzurri!