As i was reading the advance proofs of David Miller’s article, the World Cup was being transmitted from France and shown on British television, to huge popular interest. This spectacle offered the choice of two different kinds of national identification. Many fans in England, while supporting the English national team, were also celebrating the performances of the great footballers from rival European teams who now play for English Premier League clubs during the regular season. But at the same time, some Englishmen were in Marseilles for the match between England and Tunisia, waving the Union Jack and beating the hell out of any Tunisians they could find, as well as battling with the French riot police. Far-right political groups see...
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