28 June 2018

Senegal: The Day That Was - Senegal Victims of Fair Play, Belgium Fan Paints Himself Black


The last 16 have been decided and England won't play Brazil until the final.

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Wrapping up the groups

Group G

It was supposed to be relatively uneventful. England and Belgium secured qualification and their final fixture was entirely about who topped the group. But then came the calculation of what path to the final might be easier. And the Belgian fan in blackface in the crowd. A man in Belgian team colours was spotted dancing and then seemingly trying to hide when the cameras panned on him. Strange behaviour for somebody who has the gall to appear like that in public.

Ill-conceived idea to try and dress up as the flag? No. Turns out the man in question, Jeroen Buggenhoudt, was quite happy to share his idea of "dressing up as his favourite player Romelu Lukaku" on social media. That bastion of journalism, the Daily Mail, reported on Thursday that he pitched...


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