Sepp Blatter mostly puts his foot in his mouth when he speaks. There is no doubt the FIFA President has been highly controversial on many matters concerning the beautiful game. From racism to female footballers and bribes, the figurehead of the world’s most popular sport has been nothing short of a huge embarrassment.
However, despite his very impressive resume of controversy, there is one positive thing Blatter has referred to often and we saw it in abundance this week. The “Football Family.” And my how the “Football Family” has come together following the shocking collapse of Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
As the paramedics tried desperately to revive Muamba following a heart-attack during the game, players from both teams, fans in the stadium and viewers from around the globe stood and watched helplessly. The distress was clearly visible on every player’s face and the reaction from the fans in the stadium told a very bleak story.
Since then, players and fans have banded together in prayer and support of Muamba’s recovery. Bolton and Tottenham fans immediately united in stadium by chanting Muamba’s name as he lay lifeless on the pitch. And from Real Madrid, to Chelsea, Barcelona and beyond, many popular footballers wore t-shirts in honour of Muamba. Thierry Henry flew from New York to London to visit his old Arsenal teammate and there are many other players who have done their part the way they can.
In a season where we have seen racist behaviour from players, fans rioting in Egypt and Greece and the governing body of football be accused of bribery, the story of Fabrice Muamba is a sobering reminder that life is fragile and football is just a game. Dead for 78 minutes, I don’t think there are many who thought Muamba would make it. But his incredible recovery is just one of the beautiful threads to what started off as a horrific story. How much has the positive energy from the global “Football Family” helped? Probably quite a bit.
This isn’t about Sepp Blatter and this isn’t a pat on the back for him. However, his notion of a “Football Family” really does exist. We all witnessed it this week and Muamba I’m sure is forever grateful to the heroic paramedics who saved his life and to the players and fans from around the world who prayed for him.
Innovation, imagination and pure poetry in its finest form, Dr. Seuss carved stories and weaved magic with words like no other. No childhood is complete without the company of Dr. Seuss.
So in honour of the man who created stories as beautiful as Van Gogh’s paintings, we have gone Seuss on Harry Redknapp and the England job. Now remember, when you read it, read it as they would a masterpiece by Dr. Seuss himself!
There’s a man named Redknapp who is loved so much
They’d prefer him to be England manager because he is not Dutch
And although the football grinch ‘Arry may not be
How can you trust him to manage England when he dodges his taxes with glee
This is a man who let’s players do what they want
Unlike Sir Alex who lives in their dreams to haunt
Under Arry green eggs and ham those fellas can eat
He says it gives them muscles to kick the ball with their feet
Whomever the FA and England appoint
Let’s hope in their spare time they don’t smoke a joint
For England needs a man who can be a leader of men
And someone who can write with paper and pen
Just look at the Germans, the Spaniards and the French
They’ve won more awards than England’s Judi Dench
Even the who’s in Whoville won back their stuff
Which makes this England team filled even more fluff
So good luck to the man who eventually gets the job
Let’s hope you win something so the media can shut their gob