According to the Daily Star (via Global Voices Online), a planned friendly (exhibition) soccer match between Iran and Egypt was cancelled on July 18th due to the production and release of a film. The film, entitled “Assassination of a Pharaoh”, explores the 1982 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and claims the former Egyptian president was killed due to his signing of the 1978 Camp David Accords and his role in eventual peaceful relations between Egypt and Israel. According to the report, the producers have called the assassination “revolutionary” and Sadat’s assassin a “martyr”.
In other news, New York Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner lodged an official complaint with the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. In this leaked memorandum, Steinbrenner claims the Yankees may withdraw from any further contests with the Boston Red Sox until such time that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck cancel production on their documentary on Dave Roberts. The Affleck-Damon documentary, entitled “Reversal of a Dynasty”, explores Roberts’ steal of second in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS and claims Roberts should be deified by all churches in the greater Boston area.