The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship is on. Constantly on. So much so that it sent my TV watching habits into temporary exile, as my disdain from football is utter and well documented. And so, it is my great honor to publish a guest post written by my aptly named friend, Guy, who seem to know a lot about this sport:
While watching the Euro 2008 Group A game between Portugal and Turkey, I knew the German referee Herbert Fandel reminded me of someone but wasn’t quite sure who. It took me almost a day until it hit me – Robbie Coltrane, who played criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald in the BBC show “The Cracker”. Fandel is best known for being the referee in the Euro 2008 qualifying game between Sweden And Denmark, where Denmark was down 3-0 at half time but managed to tie the game 3-3 in the final minutes. In the 89th minute Fandel awarded Sweden with a penalty kick after a fight broke up between two players. At this point a Danish fan broke into the field and attacked Fandel, who left the field without concluding the game. Coltrane has appeared lately as Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.
|Left: Robbie Coltrane||Right: Herbert Fandel|