IMPORTANT NOTICE from The Department of Transport to all motorists :-
As from 1st June 2006, in order to assist with identification, all drivers with poor ability and/or low IQ are required to display a warning for the benefit of other motorists. The warning shall be a flag ( consisting of a red cross on a white background ) flown from the top of at least one door of their vehicle. Drivers of exceptionally low ability or IQ are required to fly more than one flag.
I'll try to say this without criticising football itself, then.
The thing that gets people more critical about football is its profile and its use in marketing. You can't watch TV for more than a few minutes without seeing either a trailer for a football game or an advert that uses the World Cup/Euro 2*** or whatever as part of its promotion. It does get a bit much, you'd have to admit, when we have an advert for an England flag ironing board cover, or the large number of products that sponsor the event (credit cards, soft drinks, beer and so on). No other sporting event - even the Olympic Games - suffers to this degree at the hands of marketing men, and that, I think, contributes hugely to the polarised opinion that the World Cup generates, because it is almost impossible to ignore it without turning away from virtually all forms of mainstream media. That's why those who dislike it (myself included) can get fed up with it.
I would like to add just this one comment,the World cup and many other sporting events provide a very profitable source of Income for not only mine but many other companies in the U.K.as long as these provide jobs be it flag making,brewing or car stickers then long may it continue.Just out of Interest Gandalf is there anything you do like :-)