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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 15 October 2018

Footballers should learn to restrain their emotions

Readers discuss pollution, the World Cup, US immigration policies and reckless driving

Brazil's forward Neymar takes part in a training session at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 1, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match against Mexico. AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI
Brazil's forward Neymar takes part in a training session at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 1, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match against Mexico. AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI

I refer to your article World Cup 2018: Day 19 updates - No sympathy for Ramos, Neymar in action (July 2): I often wonder why so many players like Ramos and Neymar cry when they lose a match or when they score a goal.

Football is a game - someone has to win and someone has to lose. Sure, the game arouses extraordinary and incredible levels of involvement and passion around the world.

Players should, however, remember that around a million fans have arrived in Russia from all over the world and between three and four billion fans across the world watch these matches so some dignity in maintaining a little aplomb in the face of victory or defeat would be becoming.

One can always howl with joy or sorrow in the locker room after the games is over, away from the public gaze.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

The Middle East has plenty of attractions for students too

In reference to your story Emiratis encouraged to live the American dream by taking up fellowship scheme (June 29), there is no such thing as the "American dream" for Emirati people, who have everything they need here. The United States does not necessarily offer anything better. Things like an expensive education, limited medical insurance and religious tolerance are all here for free.

Name withheld by request

The western world has a mere fraction of the attractions of life in the Emirates. Here we have safety, luxury and wealth. No one has life sweeter than that of the Emiratis.

Burcu Karakaya, Abu Dhabi

The behaviour of dangerous drivers beggars belief
I write in reference to your article Skin graft saves patient run over while out with her dog in Dubai: what kind of a person hits a pedestrian and then runs her over and still doesn't realise what he has done until someone else points out?
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