Reader X September 18, 2007 2:35 PM

I don’tthink this was an attempt at real spying – as the (Swedish national) Chinese coach said, it’s not as though they have any real secrets. This was probably just an attempt to break their concentration, and it looks to me as though it worked.

Anonymous September 18, 2007 3:34 PM

Having living in Denmark for four years, I understand. Yes, they are a beautiful culture and love fotball.

Yes, their women are stunning.

No, there is no reason in the world why another competitor or “national watchers,” short of eastern bloc communist of the past cold wars would pull such a underhanded thing.

Oh I forgot, we are dealing with the Chinese.

And to think they will host the next Olympics.

And to think that we pour billions of dollars and euros into their economy.

And to think that they have tried to poison us with their tainted products.

In my humble opinion we should just boycott China, their products, their military government.

Eric Norman September 18, 2007 7:22 PM

This could turn out great!

Forget televising the dumb old events. All anyone cares about is the final score, anyway.

Instead, let’s have a few hours of Mission Impossible and James Bond like drama and intrigue.

Ralph September 18, 2007 9:30 PM

Must have been a slow news day?

Although the word “Spying” has such strong connotations maybe someone has a wheel barrow to push.

SoccerFan September 19, 2007 8:34 AM

If you look into the story, the ones punished by FIFA (as I understand it) are the Danish coaches. Appears for both bringing the matter up and demanding an explanantion beyond the Chinese statement of “we took care of it”.

And Ralph, a camera behind a two way mirror is usually considered spying.

Duncan September 19, 2007 9:57 AM

Anon, it’s unbelievable how much of a close minded racist you are. Don’t forget it’s the large American companies like Hasbro and Nike:

Who pay the workers tuppence per day for something they will go on to sell for $50

Who build “clean” factories so that inspectors are pleased while outsourcing 80% of their manufacturing to factories with sub-standard conditions.

Who keep 2 sets of account books so that they can “appear” good while they shamelessly rob men and women of the pay they deserve.

The list goes on, when do you want me to stop?

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