EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis) Yes, the soccer fans wanted to taunt the Ukrainian teams their team was playing against. Yet, it is remarkable. As remarkable as it is to hear “F… Joe Biden” in American Arenas…  The first case was yesterday’s game of Ukraine vs. Romania, where the Romanians won 3-0…  In the second case were the fans of Istanbul’s team Fenerbahce (it actually means “The Phanar’s Garden”) playing against Dinamo of Kyiv… The Romanian and (in another match) the Serbian fans were waving Russian flags and so UEFA banned Russian flags in the Euro Soccer Championship…

One more note: I have said many times that you can “cancel” and “oppress” all you want, but in the end, even if you are the most authoritarian regime on Earth, you will have to face reality. “F… Joe Biden”… The Emperor was subject to the people’s criticism in Roman Arenas and in the Byzantium/Istanbul Hippodromes. Sometimes – even glorious Emperors like Justinian, who built Hagia Sophia – had to face revolts (in his case, the famous “Nika Revolt,” which actually started from the Hippodrome, and almost cost him the throne)… No authority is immune to the people’s will – and this is something we should all keep in mind these days…  

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