Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The torment of a Danish soccer player

Once again we will look at one of the historical cases where xenophobia against a Dane reached the Danish public.

A Danish foot-ball players was convicted because he drove a car in the same city, where a traffic accident occurred.

Mads Timm is a young foot-ball player which played for Manchester United. About January 2004 he drove home from training. A team-mates also decided drive home at the same time and became involved in an accident where a disrespectful woman maneuvered her car so that the team-mate hit her car.

Because Mr. Timm was a foreigner in the same town where the accident occurred he of cause was the first to blame. By a act of unjust he was convicted to serve 12 months at a young offenders' institute. In May 2006 he returned to civilization and started to play for a Danish football club, where he first was quiet successful.

He has since retired from soccer.

The Danish population regards this event as a typically sick act of xenophobia against Danish citizens.

Not only was his driving rather typical for how Danes use roads in our country. Second his car was not involved in the actual accident. He was simply not at the crash scene. Regardless of these fact he got the most severe sentence.

Danes are adviced not to drive in the United Kingdom if they cannot avoid to work or study there.

Man Utd player jailed over crash, BBC, March 3, 2005
Prison term gives chastened Timm a new perspective, by Daniel Taylor, The Guardian, February 1, 2006
Mads Timm - Wikipedia

1 comment:

  1. Now they have charged Lovenkrands for speeding. I fear that english football is at end when they are chasing the foreign players out of the country in an unfair way.

    NUFC star caught driving at twice speed limit - The Chronicle

    I hope that the LovenKrands case doesn't turn out bo yet another case of xenophobia as the one above.

    If Lovenkrands got his driving education in Denmark he is able to handle high speed even on narrow and trafficed roads due to our superior education system where time on race tracks is included.

    As for rolemodel our youth don't find them among sport stars anymore and it should be a burden for anyone beside the parents to be a rolemodels. Today our schools started after the holiday. The police were in place to catch people for speeding. At several school they caught the teachers.

    The teachers are excused because they were going to work. Work is al most people have left now where cuts have made and retirement age has been raised so we all can pay for Greece's misery. It is only doing our work and go the extra mile while serving at our work place.

    That's why I have nothing against Lovenkrands if he was going to practice. It is a totally other situation if he was going home. Driving fast is not something you do for fun. It is something you do as a duty. It is a shame that we can only give our lives one time for our firm during times like the present where the economy is hard.

    If he was driving fast to work he was just dutiful as every other I meet on my way to work.