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About That Friendly Football Match in Havana …


Amid all the hoopla about the pending friendly between the New York Cosmos soccer club and the Cuban national team, now scheduled for June 2 in Havana, the New York Times reminds U.S. fans that unless something changes they won’t be allowed to go.

Current travel restrictions allow Americans to visit the island to participate in sporting events, but not necessarily to spectate. And that applies to friends and family members of the team as well, so no WAGs tagging along.

If the game were being played in New York instead of Havana, Cubans who could afford it would be allowed to visit by their own government. The repressive regime in Washington, however, affords its citizens no such courtesies.

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