Tennis Trouble Ahead

March 3, 2009 at 21:44 2 comments

I would assume that very few people — at least among the very few people who read this blog — have missed the fact that the Davis Cup Tennis match between Israel and Sweden in my former hometown of Malmö has caused a bit of controversy, especially among leftists in Sweden.

The game will take place this weekend in the Baltic Hall in Malmö, and the city braces itself for trouble. Planning for the safety of the players have been detailed, and the local politicians — fired up by security concerns and anti-Zionism — have decided not to allow any audience during the match itself. Everything is kept under strict scrutiny, and the hoards of protestors, demonstrators and hooligans that are expected to descend on the city will — hopefully — be controlled by the 1,000 policemen who have been called in.

In other words, no effort is spared to guarantee that the headlines in the Sunday papers will be devoted to tennis, not riots.

Then, today, three days before the game, it turns out that someone has left a huge pile of cobblestones at a building site next door to the Baltic Hall. A veritable smorgasbord of ammunition for all the tennis loving activists.

That’s the kind of stuff you can’t make up.

UPDATE: Apparently, the pile of cobblestones has been removed today, Thursday March 5.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bahamaderek  |  March 4, 2009 at 13:19

    ..Sweden should lose their home court advantage if they cannot maintain security…play the matches in a neutral venue or move them to Israel…

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  • 2. FL  |  March 4, 2009 at 19:36

    It’s sad to see that Swedish media has been relatively silent so far. There’s no getting away from the fact that it is an utter embarrassment that the authorities in Malmö are unwilling to host an Israeli sports team. If the city hadn’t felt the need to pamper to Social Democratic voters they would surely have been willing and able to guarantee security.

    I can’t help but wonder why no one in my homeown feels the need to protest real terror regimes. An Iranian wrestling team, for instance, would in all likelyhood be welcomed with open arms.

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