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Football Over – Hypocrisy Remains

Football Over – Hypocrisy Remains

🕔13:04, 7.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 30th 2019) Unifying Force It’s said that football has the power to unite. Sometimes it has and does. Zambia, for example, saw black and white players, coaches and administrators defy unjust

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Chelsea Win Europa League in Style

Chelsea Win Europa League in Style

🕔16:49, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku’s Olimpiya Stadionu © Satish Sekar (May 29th 2019) Destroyed Arsenal’s dreams of a trophy and Champions League football were dismantled in a clinical second half display by Chelsea in the Europa League Final in Baku.

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Losers and Losers

Losers and Losers

🕔15:18, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) Absent Friends Arsenal’s influential Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided not to travel to Baku for the Europa League Final for safety reasons. It has been labelled a disgrace that Arsenal

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Xhaka Urges ‘Let’s Speak about Football’

Xhaka Urges ‘Let’s Speak about Football’

🕔15:10, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) Decision Granit Xhaka, no stranger to political controversy is fed up of talk about the political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which resulted in his Armenian team-mate, Arsenal’s influential

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A Footballing War Crime

A Footballing War Crime

🕔12:51, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) A Blind Eye Henrikh Mkhitaryan chose not to come to Baku, claiming he would not be safe for the Europa League Final. It led to demands that the final

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A Bloody Legacy of Distrust (Part Two)

A Bloody Legacy of Distrust (Part Two)

🕔11:48, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) Intractable Attempts to negotiate a settlement to the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh have failed persistently, and show no sign of resolution. Internationally, it is still considered part of Azerbaijan, but

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A Bloody Legacy of Distrust (Part One)

A Bloody Legacy of Distrust (Part One)

🕔11:31, 5.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) United? It’s often said that football unites. It should add that some disputes are intractable, and that football made no effort to unite even though football itself – more

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Rocks, Hard Places, and Political Expediency

Rocks, Hard Places, and Political Expediency

🕔20:10, 4.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) Context Henrikh Mkhitaryan chose not to play in this season’s Europa League Final in Azerbaijan over concerns about his safety despite assurances given by the Azeris. Even in Armenia

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A Still Toxic Legacy

A Still Toxic Legacy

🕔19:27, 4.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) An Historic Disgrace UEFA’s decision to take the Europa League Final to Baku has been branded a disgrace by some, but was it? The decision was taken two years

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Baku’s Final

Baku’s Final

🕔13:12, 1.Jun 2019

By Satish Sekar at the Olimpia Stadium in Baku © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2019) Countdown to the Most Important Match in Azerbaijan’s History   The controversies pushed to the back-burner, Baku prepares for its biggest football event tomorrow night,

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