The view from Holland

A tale of what might have been

September 1, 2009
By Ernst Bouwes
Lionel Messi was recently priced at 300m euros. So when you see him walking down the street, make sure you do not hurt him in any way. It might cost you an arm, a leg and probably all of your belongings for the rest of your life should the ensuing injuries finish his career. On the pitch, a red card and a suspension used to be the severest punishment for kicking any, talented or not, opponent into retirement. A Dutch victim of the rough and tough times of 1980s football thought otherwise, sued ...

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