September 19, 2021

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Under the pride, there is no room for doubt or nuance

Lost: Rosenborg coach Aage Harede thanks Gustav Walsvik with the captain’s armband in pride colors after the Elite Football League match between Stromsgodset and Rosenborg at the Marienlist Stadium earlier in June. Rosenborg lost 1-2. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

With disfigurement and job insecurity, veteran coach Aji Harid will be fired. He forgot to walk in time.

Football has been hit by many boycotts. Now it’s rainbow propaganda. Do not know if we should.

These are the words of the newspapers Nidaros and Adresseavisen, which made Rosenborg coach Åge Hareide controversial, almost overnight. After strong pressure, the 67-year-old later apologized for using the word publicity.

He maintains, however, that it should be legitimate to have a discussion about what football should be “used” for.

In this case, there is no room for nuance, question, doubt or questioning.

The background to the statements was the desire of German football to light up the Allianz Arena in the colors of the rainbow during its European Championship match against Hungary on Wednesday last week.

UEFA said no because they read the sign as a political sign directed at Hungary, which had adopted a ban on promoting homosexuality to minors. At the same time, they point out that they are for the rights of pride and homosexuals.

In a press release, Rosenborg football club clearly distanced itself from the statement and confirmed that the club supports Pride – something its football coach does too, but in this case there is no room for nuances, questions, doubts or questioning.

sports commentator NRKJan-Peter Saltvedt gives us the following lesson:

– He’s on complete whim. For a very decent man to be able to say that this is very disappointing and very provocative. The most provocative thing is to call on the support of whoever you want to be with in the propaganda of life. It sounds so retro and outdated that I don’t think it quite says it.

He then concludes that this is “not a policy” and that Hared values ​​regimes such as China and Belarus. Saltvedt finally wonders if Hareide is a good fit as a Rosenborg coach.

At the same time, it was not the case in 2021 that a club that wanted to be captain in Norway could live for a long time with a coach who would express themselves through what one should call the zeitgeist and the desire for it. Show respect and solidarity.

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Saltvedt, on behalf of state channel, helps make a hurried job insecure by distorting what he says into the unrecognizable. One might ask who is inspired by China and Belarus, with their own regular media, on the matter.

One of the few sober voices in this debate is cartoonist and commentator Roar Hagen at VG. In the podcast Giæver og Gjengen, he tries to express his personal experience of the Hareide case.

– Four or five years ago I could draw this. Today I dare not. Now it is read in the context of polarization. It becomes either or that makes it impossible.

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