A tie with the Faroes, despair-o

I hadn’t been going to comment one way or the other about the death by car accident of far-right Austrian politician Jorg Hairder, who wrecked his car after a long time in da club. While politics isn’t really enlivened by what he was peddling, he was on his way to see his mother for her 90th birthday and I’m sure she loved him very much. It wasn’t karma, I thought, don’t be cruel.

Then I noticed that Austria only managed a 1 – 1 draw with the Faroe Islands on Saturday, and the Faroe Islands scored first at that. My feelings about getting a draw against the Faroes are well documented, so I can understand why Haider might have been distraught and it all flowed from there.

Whether Austrian politics would have been improved by a loss ten years ago to a team composed of Gypsies, socialists, and illegal African immigrants, remains in the realm of counterfactual speculation.


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