Thursday, April 01, 2010

FIFA mulls banning of national anthems to gag hate speech

"This must be the most ridiculous suggestion I've ever heard. Since when can one not sing your own national anthem at a world sporting event? I can understand not wanting to incite violence, but surely one has to draw the line somewhere?" said a source within the English camp, who did not want to be named.

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Cape Town - FIFA officials and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 Soccer World Cup are deadlocked in crisis talks on possibly banning the use of national anthems at the start of World Cup games.
The potentially shocking move comes after a High Court bid to ban struggle song "Kill the boer" prompted FIFA to study more closely any potential inferences that may mar the spirit of the tournament.
A detailed study last week of the literal English translations of several anthems opened a potential minefield for the LOC, sparking fears that certain lyrics may incite hate speech and fall foul of South Africa's hate speech laws.
The French anthem in particular set off alarm bells. The anthem's refrain translates as: "Grab your weapons, citizens! Form your battalions! Let us march! Let us march! May impure blood water our fields."
Portugal's call to arms "on land and sea, to fight for our homeland, to march against enemy guns…." also raised eyebrows.
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