Games: Spirit in Bangkok

The slogan ringing through Bangkok's National Stadium last week proclaimed "The Spirit of Brotherhood" as 2,300 athletes from 18 nations met for the fifth Asian Games. Spirit there was. But brotherhood? Oh, brother.

Japan was leading Iran in soccer, 2-1, with a minute to play when the Iranian goalie blocked a shot. In the process, he somehow kicked a Japanese forward. Japan was awarded a penalty boot, and the Iranian captain was banished from the field for protesting the penalty. At game's end, the president of the Iran Football Federation approached the Thai referee to...

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