Roy Hay writes about ‘Fixed matches and prisoners of conscience: A history of politics intruding on football’

Argentine striker Mario Kempes controlling the ball during his team’s win against the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup. El Grafico
As the World Cup begins in Russia, CHRG member Roy Hay writes for the Conversation about occasions on which politics have intruded on the pitch, from Benito Mussolini’s competitiveness in the 1930s to Cold War politics in the post-WW2 decades to the corruption of South American military juntas in the 1970s.

 

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