OpinionMonday, August 18, 2014
Wild soccer hooligans kill number 268
Fighting between different groups of Nueva Chicago hooligans on Saturday produced death number 268 and five injured, but there are so many being killed now that I may have missed a few. This was the third internal battle in the second division between hooligan gangs during a season which is barely a week old.
Soccer hooligans behave exactly like wild animals which seem not to care for their own lives but fight each other for food (in this case, ill-gotten cash). The difference is that wild animals are either hunted or put behind bars. Here neither is the case, because what are wrongly called politicians and club officials are on their side. There are four different groups of Nueva Chicago hooligans connected with different political factions — Daniel Scioli, PRO, La Cámpora and the Victory Front. Their main work will come during next year’s election.
The main suspect for Saturday’s murder is on the run. In 2012, in fighting between Nueva Chicago hooligans one of their number was also killed. He died in hospital. Before that his enemies invaded the hospital and wanted to finish him off. Police prevented this, but could not prevent their causing a lot of damage in the hospital. It looks as if this is a more serious crime in Argentina than murder as three men will go to trial next month. But the murder suspect is on the run and his family think he has political protection. They have given police details of his possible whereabouts five times and every time police arrived after he had left.
Perhaps police get the same order given by a Chilean president many years ago when poet Pablo Neruda was on his way to escape from Chile: “Look for him, but don’t find him.”
BLATTER CHANGES. Joseph Blatter, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, used to be a major opponent of technical support for referees, but he has apparently changed his mind completely. After this year’s World Cup in which hardly used goal line technical decision was used for the first time, he proposes “video referral” — as in field hockey — which the formally he said would interrupt the game. He proposed that each coach would have two opportunities to ask for it during a game.
Is his change of mind due to seeing so many mistakes made by referees in the World Cup or because many countries want it and he wants their votes during the next presidential elections?