Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thin skinned Frogs

I guess when they aren't putting out car fires lit by "youths" or opposing the creep of English words into their language, the French actually play sports.

Until someone whistles during their national anthem:

Football matches in France will be called off immediately if spectators jeer during the French national anthem, says the country's sports minister.

France's national anthem was booed in Tuesday's friendly win over Tunisia.

"Any match at which our national anthem is whistled at will be immediately stopped," said Roselyne Bachelot.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said the booing was "insulting" and that in the event of a repeat it would be necessary "to call off matches".

"It's insulting for France, it's insulting for the players of the French team, it should not be tolerated," he added.

"I think we should stop the matches when the anthems, whichever they are, are booed."

Now I happen to think that it's bush league to boo a country's national anthem. Especially if said country is hosting the event. And I also think France has a darn good, stirring national anthem. Far better, in fact, than the deserve. But calling off a game? And now Sarko wants an investigation? WTF? Just what are they going to do when they find out they get booed because some people don't like them?

Has anyone noted that calling off a game = conceding victory? Wait, this is France... Conceding victory doesn't hurt your resume...

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