In praise of diversity

My wife, daughter and I were lucky enough to go to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff in early June. Even better, our tickets only cost £16, which included a £1 booking fee.

A tense game was eventually won deservedly by the reigning champions, after a penalty shootout. That is right: a penalty shootout. “What game were you at?” some of you may now be saying. We were indeed attending the UEFA Champion’s League final, but the women’s game between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain. Nobody I have spoken to, many of whom are sports fans, was even aware the game was taking place, never mind knowing the result. The stadium was two-thirds full, with a crowd of about 22,500. Significantly, the empty stands were where the UEFA officials, VIPs, sponsors and media were meant to be.

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