G20 Dispatches: British People Love Soccer
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G20 Dispatches: British People Love Soccer

Christopher Bird and Christopher Drost are Torontoist’s staffers accredited for the G20. They will be reporting on the inside for the duration of the summit; Torontoist’s complete G20 coverage, including reporting from the streets, is here.

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.

We’ve attended six or seven press events (briefings, conferences, et cetera) during our time spent at the International Media Centre, and one thing has held up as a universal truth: the last question of any international-scope press event will always be asked by a British journalist, and it will always, always, be a lighthearted question about soccer.
No, really. Every single time, the Brit reporter knows when it’s time for the last question, and gets it in, and it’s always soccer-football-related. “Did the [Japanese and Canadian] Prime Ministers discuss football at all during their meeting?” “Does Mr. Sarkozy have an opinion on the performance of the French national team?” Our personal favorite was at British Prime Minister David Cameron’s press conference today, where the last question unsurprisingly went to a British reporter, who askied if Cameron would pursue action to see that the English national team donate their match day fees for the World Cup to a suitable charity. (Cameron’s response, paraphrased, was “No, but wouldn’t it be nice if I could?”)
No other journalists do this. It’s always the Brits. Other countries love soccer just as much as the British do, if not more, so it’s not that. Consider this a weird little peccadillo of the British press corps.