The central issues that I am processing in relation to this Vasco fiasco are reflected in the comments that were left on the site. The first says – “Stop crying. You aren’t and never were a real Vascaino. Vasco doesn’t need “Vascainos” like you”. The second – “You say you’re no longer Vasco as if an American had the legitimacy to say that, how ridiculous. A real Vascaino is born Vasco, you don’t become Vasco because you discovered
The third – “in Brazil
you can change your wife, your job, your state, etc. everything but the club.
To love a club is to defend it to the death. I think you still have time to
reconsider your position.” (Is this a threat?) The fourth, by a Botafogüense – “Really
nice logic, the only people who can be Vasco were born in Brazil and who
will die (and perhaps kill) for Vasco. With fans at this level it is better
that you abandon this team.” Brazil
The lies and abuse that Vasco has spread around are made possible by the kinds of comments above. Love of the team, by this sick logic, allows the directors to do whatever they want, collect trophies and money at the cost of young lives. The culture of “undying love” that people are “born with” and that “others” “outsiders” “Americanos” [sic] have no legitimate claim to, no matter how profound and “real” their sentiments, places the team above reproach, allowing for the possibility of slaves to be used in the pursuit of three points or another star on the jersey. Questioning the team is to question one’s self, something that the Vascainos who commented above are not willing or able to do.
My position remains the same. This should be an international scandal especially in a country that is preparing to host the World Cup. The directors of Vasco should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. There should be a general investigation into Brazilian football training structures as we know that Vasco is not the only team that profits from unpaid labor in sub-human conditions. The CBF and FIFA will not take a position on this, unless pressured to do so.
The law of the land is one thing in
football is another. Until the two are brought together and these “true”
Vascainos start to examine how much human blood they are willing to sacrifice
for their club, the violence will continue. Brazil