POLITICALLY SPEAKING: Politics mixing with sport causes controversy

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For many years now, there has been a rule, issued by FIFA, that politics should not in any instances be involved in sport, but on some occasions, this rule has been infringed. Recently, people have been using the arena as the ideal place to make a statement, and have been fined for their transgression. Some teams have even been excluded from the arena because one person has made a political statement. This could affect the team and its reputation, and may even lead to online bullying. “It is about playing the game in the spirit in which it is intended and about creating friendships and having fun” – Jan Paterson, the British Olympic Association.

This is another thing to think about; sometimes, people just want to have a good time when they are playing the match. They may not want to think about political issues that could be worrying or angering to them-this could distract them (and the opposing team) from the game so that they do not play as well as they could for their team and consequently be the reason that they lose the match.

On the other hand, some people believe that politics and sports are two things made for each other, and share all of their views in the public eye. For example, Pep Guardiola thinks that Catalonian should become its own independent country rather than sticking to Spain. So, he wore a badge stating his views and was fined a large amount. After being continuously fined, he said that he didn’t care how many times FIFA fined him, he would still wear his badge.

Similarly, England was fined £35,000 for wearing poppies in a match against Scotland. But this was evidently an act of respect for those who lost their lives in the world wars, and didn’t intend to be hurtful.

Here at politically speaking, we believe that politics should not intersperse with sport – it is not necessary for the players to undergo extra pressure because of political issues that have wormed their way into the tournament. And though some statements may only be a sign of respect, there will always be other times for these. Nobody in the arena deserves to have worrying issues on their mind whilst they are meant to be having fun. We hope that through being fined and excluded from the games, people will realise how politics being involved in sport can put an end to their careers.

witch’scat17, Crampton Primary School


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Comments (6)

  • BNC-school-logo.jpg mindblowing_clam
    BNC Example Posts3 weeks, 6 days ago

    First, i know that people love to do sports for example football, rugby, basketball . I think the politicians should pay managers more to put more pressure on them for their team to play well. I think that other people should recap the past on recent players but the most important thing is for them to be connected with players, players from your country. For example, people from Italy could watch Buffon’s past history and matches on Youtube to learn more about him and what he is capable of.

    I agree with that people are more likely to listen about politics if their favourite player is talking about it. I would.

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  • BNC-school-logo.jpg confident_horse
    BNC Example Posts3 weeks, 6 days ago

    I agree that people would listen to footballers advice on politics because some people admire footballers so if a footballer shared their views on politics normal people could change their mind on who to vote for or what they believe is right or wrong. I think that they shouldn’t share their views because some people could get easily offended by that particular footballer’s views on things like politics.

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  • Rose @ the BNC
    3 weeks, 6 days ago in reply to mindblowing_clam's comment

    Great point! I think it would give politics a wider audience. But I'd like you to be a bit more open-minded. I'm sceptical about your suggestion. You say politicians should pay managers more, in the hope of improving performance. Why might someone disagree with you? What could go wrong here? And why might some people say it's a bad idea?

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  • BNC-school-logo.jpg strong_sheep
    BNC Example Posts3 weeks, 6 days ago

    I agree that people admire footballers so would listen to them. But who is to say that footballers' views are the right ones?

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  • Rose @ the BNC
    3 weeks, 6 days ago in reply to strong_sheep's comment

    That's a great point and it's important to be sceptical about what we hear and who the sources are. Who do you think would be a better source of information than a footballer?

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  • BNC-school-logo.jpg strong_sheep
    BNC Example Posts2 weeks ago

    I really like your post, thank you

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