The decision to move the all-Argentinian South American football final to Spain after a violent incident is a sad commentary on the state of the country
Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, is famous – or infamous – for the frequency with which he interjects comments about football into his public appearances. To say this can befuddle his foreign interlocutors is putting it mildly, as the expression on Vladimir Putin’s face during a joint press conference in 2016 in which Macri held forth on Argentina’s World Cup chances vividly attests.
The fact that football often seems like Macri’s rhetorical default position shouldn’t be surprising. Macri’s formative experience in public life was not in electoral politics but as head of Argentina’s most storied football club, Boca Juniors.