Power, violence and the end of sport
Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague by Marc Perelman. Verso, €11.35. Reviewed by Brendan Daly.
Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague by Marc Perelman
As Argentina's ecstatic football supporters celebrated their country's victory over the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, their feverish applause drowned out the anguished screams of political dissidents being hacked to pieces by chainsaws just 300 yards away. Football distracted and contaminated the conscience of the masses, even bolstering the country's brutal dictatorship.
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