The European Football Championships are currently on in Kiev, Ukraine – a country not exactly known for valuing human rights. Still media has been remarkably quiet about this. No comments urging Zlatan Ibrahimovic to visit opposing political groups or human rights organizations?
This is all the more interesting, because only a few weeks ago we could enjoy the annual spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbadjan, where Sweden’s representative Loreen caused somewhat of a stir by questioning the country’s lack of openness and making several highly publicized visits to local women’s rights organizations.
So how come the all-male world of football happily chooses to ignore the human rights issue in Ukraine? And even if the multi-millionaire players themselves lack the understanding, why has media been so quiet about it? They certainly weren’t during the ESC. In western media, Loreen was highly praised for her initiatives and the representatives of many other countries were questioned for not following her example.
But then again: she’s a woman and women are supposed to have a conscience, right? So gee, thanks Loreen & sisters for taking care of that boring bit. Now the boys can have fun without troubling their carefully coiffeured heads with the fact that right behind their backs, people are thrown in prison for belonging to the “wrong” political party. What a ball that is!