Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Argentina: A Deal with the Devil

The press reaction was a peculiar mix of astonishment and resignation when it first became apparent back in November that a prominent Argentine non-governmental organisation was seeking to help secure funds to allow the country's barra brava (broadly speaking, 'hooligan') groups to travel to the World Cup. What gradually became apparent, though, was that the group wasn't quite as non-governmental as the designation 'NGO' would normally suggest. One of the men behind the idea even admitted, point blank, that the whole exercise was geared towards winning votes.

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