Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Lineker vs. Gandhi
March 6th, 2008 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  england

MOST COMMENTED

[OFF THE POST]Controversy has surrounded plans to erect a 12-foot tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the British city of Leicester after a "No Gandhi" campaign was launched by residents who prefer a statue of former England forward Gary Lineker. Now a TV soccer commentator, Lineker began his career at Leicester City, for which he scored 95 goals. Gandhi, who died in 1948, is known as the Father of the Nation of India and the world's most famous pacifist.

"[Gandhi] has no connection to English culture or the English, therefore a statue of him would be more suitably erected in India," Leicester resident Lee Ingram, instigator of the "No Gandhi Statue" petition, said of the man who led India's independence movement against English rule.

But more than a quarter of Leicester's population of about 300,000 is of Indian origin and proponents say Gandhi's teachings transcend nationality and the monument would serve as a reminder of his philosophy of peace.

"A statue [of Gandhi] will be an excellent symbol of his and Leicester's commitment to diversity," said Keith Vaz, a British Member of Parliament who represents Leicester East.

The $40,000 cost of the Gandhi statue would be paid for by the Samanwaya Parivar charity, which stated that, "We have never said that there should not be any other statues in Leicester."

Lineker, who scored 47 goals for England, including 10 World Cup strikes, is also famous for never having received a yellow or red card in his career.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"This is a little bit like two years ago. We talked about that with the Ghana ...
USL Rewind: Louisville City short-circuits Battery    
Charleston's home unbeaten streak dating back 29 games over more than two years ended Saturday when ...
Copa Countdown: Argentina threatens pullout; Navas out    
There's good news and bad news for fans hoping to see Lionel Messi play for Argentina ...
Draw: 2016-17 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League    
MLS's Sporting KC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will meet in the group stage of the 2016-17 ...
By the Numbers: MLS home and away, best and worst    
What They're Saying: Security analyst Alejandro Hope    
"Alan Pulido was victim of the most inept kidnappers on the planet or there is something ...
MLS Power Rankings: Rapids still first, Philly now third    
Colorado, Philadelphia and the Red Bulls maintained their good form as the Copa America Centenario break ...
NASL Rewind: Red cards fly as Cosmos stay on top    
Defending champ New York Cosmos took a big step toward winning the NASL spring title, which ...
U-17 WWC: USA to face Paraguay, Ghana and Japan    
The draw for the Jordan-hosted 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup (Sept. 30-Oct. 21) took place on ...
NWSL Rewind: Thorns draw without stars; scoring down    
Sunday's Cascadia match between the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign drew 18,114 fans on Sunday afternoon ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives