June 15, 2011

Dictator sends football coach Ruud Gullit packing

Filed under: Sports,Weird by Orangemaster @ 10:09 am

Back in January we were already pretty surprised that Ruud Gullit would take on this job, having to sign his name in blood and all, and then listening to the jungle noises fans allegedly make when he’s around. Although his contract was for a year and a half, he didn’t even make it to six months, accused by owner of football club Terek and Chechenya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov of ‘enjoying the night life too much’.

What nightlife? Dutch reporters tell of some three tea houses (Muslim’s don’t drink, remember) and even further away, next to nothing. Should we write a backpaker’s travel guide?

And you certainely cannot work miracles by throwing lots of money around, but then maybe Kadyrov didn’t get the memo from Moscow on this one.

What will be Gullit’s next career move? North Korea? Stay tuned.

(Link: dutchnews.nl, Photo of Ruud Gullit by Hamedog, some rights reserved.)

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January 22, 2011

Former football super star Ruud Gullit becomes dictator’s coach

Filed under: Sports by Branko Collin @ 3:31 pm

Say you’ve been a FIFA footballer of the year twice and have made a name for yourself as a dedicated anti-racism activist, so much so that president Nelson Mandela himself awarded you South Africa’s Order of Good Hope, and Bono and Mother Teresa have started looking nervously over their shoulders—which is an impressive thing to make Mother Teresa do, since she’s been dead for a good while. What, then, would be your next move?

Ruud Gullit answered that question by becoming a lackey for one of the worst dictators on the planet, Howlin’ Mad Ramzan, or as the man prefers that people address him, ‘King Ramzan’. De Pers report that earlier this month Gullit signed a year and a half contract to become head coach of FC Terek Grozny, the personal football club of Moscow’s puppet ruler of unruly Chechenya, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kadyrov is not one to take criticism lightly. He is the son of former Chechen dictator Akhmad Kadyrov and has a reputation for violence. “The word opposition is unimaginable,” he once famously said. And he doesn’t just stick to words, as he has a reputation for killing everyone who opposes him. Unfortunately for the Chechen people, everybody on the long list of people who have claimed to have evidence of Kadyrov’s misdeeds have so far met with lethal ‘accidents’.

(Photo of Ruud Gullit by Hamedog, some rights reserved.)

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