Car­los has a trio of choices

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By DAWN FEL­LOWES

FOL­LOW­ING a team in the World Cup is prov­ing dif­fi­cult for one Ar­gen­tine-born city man.

For he has close ties to three coun­tries com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment which has mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide gripped by ev­ery touch of the ball.

Born in Ar­gentina to Ital­ian par­ents, Car­los Par­lato (46) now calls Eng­land his home.

And while the fa­ther-of-two, who has lived in Peter­bor­ough for seven years, will cheer for Ar­gentina to­day as they look to make it two wins with vic­tory over South Korea – when it comes to choos­ing one team to win over­all, he can­not pick be­tween the three coun­tries which lay claim to his heart.

Mr Par­lato, who runs El Tano Drums mu­sic stu­dio at The Square, Vicarage Farm Road, Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough, said: “I’m not re­ally a big fan of foot­ball but I do fol­low the World Cup.

“The prob­lem is who do sup­port?

“I was born in Ar­gentina but my cul­ture is Ital­ian and I live in Eng­land – and my own fam­ily sup­port Eng­land.

“My boys, who are 15 and 20,

I play and like foot­ball and are more English than Ar­gen­tine. They will sup­port Eng­land.

“I will be happy if Ar­gentina, Italy or Eng­land win.”

As for the most no­to­ri­ous Eng­land-Ar­gen­tine moment in World Cup his­tory, where Eng­land crashed out of the 1986 Quar­ter Fi­nals af­ter Diego Maradona scored with an un­pe­nalised hand­ball – a match Eng­land ended up los­ing 2-1 – Mr Par­lato ad­mits he sides with English fans.

He said: “The Hand of God. I think the qual­ity of the man is in his feet rather than in his hands.

“I think he is too short to be play­ing bas­ket­ball, I sup­port to­tally where the English fans come from with that.”

But the drum­mer, who has played as a ses­sion mu­si­cian for the likes of Ricky Martin, Glo­ria Este­fan and Shakira, said the most im­por­tant thing about the World Cup and foot­ball was that ev­ery­one should show each other due re­spect.

He added: “What is very im­por­tant to me is that while peo­ple are pas­sion­ate about the foot­ball, they need to pay re­spect to each other.

“At the end of the day, what’s dif­fer­ent be­tween English and Ar­gen­tine?

“We both have two legs, two arms etc.

“When peo­ple play mu­sic, they play mu­sic re­gard­less of dif­fer­ent lan­guages and cul­tures and it is the same that when peo­ple play foot­ball, they play foot­ball.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if they are Ar­gen­tine, Ital­ian or English.”

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