Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Together. Stronger

As you know, Wales beat Russia 3-0 last night to top Euro2016 Group B (while England's draw with Slovakia leaves them second). It means that next time out (5pm on Saturday) we will be up against the highest-ranked third-placed team from one of groups A, C or D in what will surely be a wonderful opportunity to get to the quarter finals.

What more can I say? Why not something gracious?

The media bombards us day after day with the message that every Russian is a gangster and every Russian institution aloof and manipulative.

Yesterday before the game though, I read this:
Wales will wear their red home kit against Russia tonight despite being the designated "away team" for the Euro 2016 Group B decider.
Chris Coleman's side had been expected to wear the charcoal and lime green away strip they wore in the defeat against England, with Russia's red home kit clashing.
But FAW officials were so keen for the players to be in their favoured red shirts for the biggest Welsh football match in a generation they approached Uefa to ask for the designated kits to be changed.
And that request has been granted after Russian officials said they did not have a problem with wearing their white away kit.
A generous and sporting gesture from the Russian FA don't you think? Perhaps the caricatures aren't all accurate.
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