Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Spanish king's son-in-law - Iñaki Urdangarin - spent a second day in court today. He blamed his partner, claimed his wife knew nothing and answered most questions with "I don't remember". So much so that the weary judge suggested he might as well not have bothered to come.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard believes the Spanish government will revolt against the sort of treatment meted out to Greece. And that she won't be alone in looking to act in her national interest. Indeed, he ends this article with the strong assertion:- My guess is that Germany's refusal to countenance any form of EU subsidies, debt-pooling, or fiscal union - other than policing the budgets of captive states - has definitively broken the EMU spell. Latin nations increasingly regard talk of solidarity as humbug. It has been a nasty shock. The era of national economic rearmament in Europe has begun.

Having watched three international rugby games this weekend, I've arrived at the conclusion that one's enjoyment as a spectator would be markedly increased if they abolished all the rules I don't understand. Which is pretty much all of them, in fact.

Switching to football, it's hard to see any other team than Barcelona winning the Champions' League. Though maybe Real Madrid could break the recent pattern and beat Barca when it really counts.

The good news is that FIFA is crawling towards acceptance of goal-line technology, at least ten years after they should have done.

Finally . . . Something happened to last night's post on its way to the printers. You might like to scroll down, if you haven't already seen it.


Sierra said...

Given the controversial end to the Wales/England match, the use of technology is debatable.

Colin said...

Well, it certainly showed that technology is not perfect. But, then, who or what is? As with the DRS in cricket. But I think it has been, on balance, good for these two sports, as it will be for football. But it won't end controversies. Thank God!

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