Mirror declares football war on Germany; BY THE EDITOR.
Last night the Daily Mirror's ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their football team from Wembley, a state of soccer war would exist between us.
I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently we are at soccer war with Germany.
It is with a heavy heart we therefore print this public declaration of hostilities and urge every loyal subject to cut it out and place it in a prominent place in their home, office or car.
We desired a peaceful and honourable settlement but the German manager Herr Vogts would not have it.
Having over-run defenceless Russia, the Czech Republic and Croatia, he has evidently made up his mind to attack England at the semi- finals on Wednesday.
His actions show that there is no chance that this man will ever give up his practice of using force, long balls and quick breaks to achieve his ends. He must be stopped.
The situation in which no team could feel their goalmouth safe has become intolerable.
The Mirror therefore, in fulfilment of our obligations, is going to the aid of our loyal forces, who are so bravely resisting this unprovoked assault in their determination to liberate the European Championship trophy.
You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace
has failed. It is the Daily Mirror that has been at the forefront of efforts to establish peaceful and productive relations with our European partners.
We have campaigned long and hard during the beef war.
We have made great strides in our efforts to safeguard the countless jobs that depend on close economic ties with the continent.
Now events on the field of football leave us no choice but to suspend our policy of European co-operation for the duration of hostilities.
At such a moment as this the assurances of support that we have received from around the country are a source of profound encouragement.
Since we have resolved to finish it, I know that you will all play your part with courage - or Bass, Whitbread or Newcastle Brown.
We must pull together, just as we pulled together to repulse the Spanish Armada.
We shall not submit to German territorial demands on the English half and to this end the plans of Field Marshal Venables and Captain Adams are already well advanced: We shall have Pearce in our time.
Others of you will be reporting for duty in the stands at Wembley.
Many more of you will perform a crucial support role in pubs, bars and front rooms across the country.
Wherever there is a television set, loyal English hearts shall beat with pride and the Cross of St George shall wave in all its glory.
May God bless you all. It is the evil things that we shall be fighting against - the brute force, the high tackle, the unfair penalty, the Teutonic tedium of their tactics, and the pretence of injury after a perfectly legitimate English tackle.
Against these evils, I am certain that inside right will prevail.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 24, 1996|
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