By Walter Broeckx
Some people who have seen the game Holland – Denmark might have noticed them. A group of Dutch girls in orange mini dress. They sang and danced and well they were a very nice thing to look at. I would say almost better than most world cup matches I have seen so far. What we haven’t seen is the fact that those girls have been arrested and even could face six months in prison.
So what did they do wrong? It all has to do with beer. And the way Fifa is behaving itself like some kind of fascist organisation.
So let’s start with the beginning, which is maybe a good thing. The official beer sponsor for this world cup is Budweiser (from AB Inbev). But in Holland you have also Heineken, also one of the biggest beer companyies and sponsor of the Dutch league and national team. And also there is a less well known beer company named “Bavaria”.
Now this company Bavaria isn’t as big as the others so they are always looking for alternative ways of publicity. So Bavaria has formed the “Bavaria babes” a group of mostly good looking young girls who go to football games, sit next to each other and are all dressed in the same dress and who sing and dance and so attract some attention of the mainly masculine population in the stadiums. For the world cup Bavaria has made some dresses, the Bavaria dresses, which are in orange and I don’t know if you have seen any pictures of Holland in the last days but the whole country is orange. So the dresses are very well inline with the rest of what Holland is doing for the moment.
The Bavarian babes perform also when the Dutch team plays at home where Heineken is the big sponsor and it has been reported that someone from Heineken has stormed in to the control room of the Dutch TV company NOS to order them to not bring those girls in the picture any more.
Yesterday before the game the Bavaria babes where in the stadium and the crowd loved their dancing and singing. Pictures were taken and all was peaceful and in good mood. Even the control room liked the girls as they brought them in the picture.
But then Fifa wanted to expose themselves as the fascist people they seem to be. A Fifa member came to them in the second half and ordered them to leave the stadium. The girls had the choice: go out in “free will” or with force. The leader of the Bavaria babes asked why and the Fifa person said it was because they were wearing the Bavarian dress. Bavarian dress is the orange dress handed out by Bavaria to those girls. And as Bavaria is not an official sponsor they were not allowed to be in the stadium with those dresses.
The leader of the Bavaria babes told the Fifa member that there was nothing wrong with the dresses and that there only was a very, very small label on the dress with the name Bavaria on it. They then got surrounded with some 30 or 40 stewards and after some pushing and shoving the girls were taken out of the stadium.
But it didn’t end after being pushed out of the stadium. No they were interrogated by some kind of police in the stadium. Most of the girls were held for 2 hours and some for more than three hours.
The Dutch embassy is very disturbed by this and have asked the South African authorities some kind of explanation. They are very worried about the fact that girls with a orange dress can be arrested for hours as almost all the Dutch fans are dressed in orange.
The South African police have now said that they have nothing to do with it and that it is Fifa who has done this including the interrogations of the girls and the holding them in custody for a few hours. It was Fifa’s own security forces that have done this and it seems that they have the right to do this when there is a possible violation of trade marks rights.
Before entering the stadium other Dutch fans had to take of their caps sponsored by Heineken, sponsor of the Dutch team, because the only beer mark that is allowed to be visible in the stadiums is Budweiser.
So if you ever should go to a game organised by Fifa you can better check which things are allowed and which not. If I would go with a Jupiler shirt on, another beer sponsor from the Belgium league, I could get risked being arrested. If I would take my umbrella with me to protect me from the rain where the name Goodyear is on I could risk being thrown out. If I wear something that has the name of any other sponsor on it I could risk not being allowed in.
So why don’t Fifa tell us what to wear? Adidas is a Fifa partner, so I wondered could I wear my Nikes in the stadiums? If you might think: we better could go naked well I don’t know if the reports are true on this but it seems that the Fifa representative have thought about undressing the girls and taking off their clothes. I have read this in two reports, from different countries so I just give it like it is said over there: they wanted to take away the cloths of those girls. But they decided not to go that far because they realised that doing such a thing would even create more publicity for Bavaria.
The funny thing is that before today I didn’t know what the Bavaria babes were. I had seen those good looking girls but I never had linked them to a beer company. I saw them do their dancing and a saw that they were singing a song but I never had any clue about what they were signing. I noticed the people around them always seemed to be happy with their presence, who wouldn’t be.
But now thanks to fascist Fifa and their secret police I know what they are: girls who in a funny way are promoting a smaller beer company, called Bavaria. In a way that only those who know what they are doing, know what it is about. So Bavaria has reached their goal, get some publicity, and this only because of Fifa being so dumb to give them the publicity.
Meanwhile Bavaria have sold some 5.000 dresses in Holland and who knows how many Dutch girls will be in the stadium when the Dutch national team plays their next game. If you see big holes in the crowd when the Dutch play it could be the Bavarian girls who are being arrested by Fifa and who are threatened with 6 (six) months of prison for wearing the wrong dress.
So you not only have to pay a lot of money to go to the world cup, you also must be careful in choosing the clothes you want to wear.
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