by Michael Prodger
The infiltration of sport is such that the 2010 football World Cup final was watched by 700 million people. Amazonian Indians and Kalahari Bushmen notwithstanding, that is one in 10 of the world’s population.
What they saw was a match of minimal finesse and maximum thuggery as Holland and Spain forsook the laughably titled beautiful game and reverted to what Philip Stubbes in his 1583 tract Anatomie of Abuses called “this murthering play”. Kicking an opponent’s shins was only banned from the sport in the 1860s but it looked as though the rule – on shins and other body parts – had never been passed….Read the full review