Thursday, November 16, 2017



Sorry, I meant this one:


What a pack of unsportsmanlike bastards!
The Peruvians have been giving the New Zealand football team a hard time in advance of their match today, deliberately trying to upset their travel and sleeping arrangements.
This has gone beyond merely being actions by rabid fans, it now has official governmental sanction. See this report:

"Peru fans ramp up dirty tricks
Peruvian football fans have seemingly taken their efforts to disrupt the All Whites' build-up to Thursday's crucial World Cup qualifying playoff match in Lima to new heights.
After several low key (yet highly suspicious) attempts at making life harder for Anthony Hudson's visiting team - including a delayed flight from Wellington, and inexplicably long bus trips to the JW Marriot hotel in Miraflores and the Estadio Nacional - a series of "prolonged fireworks" woke up players in the early hours of Wednesday morning (local time).
Three military jets have conducted a spectacular low flying swoop over the All Whites team hotel in Lima this morning.
This is a seeming continuation of the intimidation - an ear-splitting fireworks display took place outside the hotel at 3am local time this morning.
The New Zealand team are based in the JW Marriott hotel, in one of the most upper class areas of the capital on the coast.
They will be relaxing and preparing for the match, and would surely have heard the thunderous, shrill sounds as the jets flew by, as the noise was ear piercing.
One of the military jets that flew over the All Whites' team hotel.
The noise was audible across many blocks all down the main street of Avenida Larco, and as the jets passed by there was loud cheers and applause from all the assembled Peruvian fans out on the streets.
The underside of the jets were emblazoned with Vamos Peru (Come on Peru) in huge red letters.
It feels like the intimidation level has gone up another level, with constant reminders that the All Whites stand in the way of a nation's football dreams."
- Michael Burgess. NZ Herald

1 comment:

  1. I'm listening to the game on radio.
    I can't believe these Peruvians. They are such bad sportsmen.
    In the second half they are 2 goals up yet still deliberately waste time. In one instance when the ball has gone out no-one attempts to retrieve it for the throw in and a NZ official, in his suit and tie, has to go and get the ball.
    I really hope that we, as New Zealanders would never behave as badly to international competitors.