A minute’s silence for the minute’s silence

ThereâÂÂs a wearily familiar three stage process for the start of every single, blooming game of football in La Liga, these days.

1) Both sets of players troop out to the tinny-sounding, Marxist lyric-possessing club anthem of the home team. Or in Real MadridâÂÂs case, the 14 minute version of the club song blasted out at such a ridiculously high decibel level that any unfortunate bird that happens to be flying over the Bernabeu at the time, instantly explodes.

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