Sunday, May 13, 2007

There is a little British girl who was abducted in Portugal and is all over the news here in the UK. One thing that I want to point out here is the way in which the football clubs are reacting to this. In the US, sports figures are encouraged and often required to do community service projects. Many of them run charities and other events for the community. This kind of activity is rather unknown in the UK. The fans will often organize (with the support of the club) different charity events rather than the club itself.

Many players are now speaking out and wearing yellow bands in support of the effort to find her. This started, if I remember correctly, with Everton football club, which the parents are supporters. This is a completely different kind of reaction than I would normally expect. I wonder if this is because of the British history of "soccer hooliganism" so the teams tend to react to many different forces in the media than US teams would normally. In effect, public relations are much more on the mind of the management of the teams than in the US while they allow their fans to organize the charity events.

We can all hope that this little girl finds her way home safely and soon.

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