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Boo birds for bitter Barca babies

It’s pretty clear that FC Barcelona  is a better team than Real Madrid. I mean, they can keep the ball in the tightest spaces, and even a top club like Real were having a hard time keeping the ball on those rare occasions that they had it. As evidence, just look at Xavi Alonzo’s day. He was a mainstay in the Prem for Liverpool and he’s a Champion’s League winner, and he was having a hard time keeping up.

But why the simulation? Why does Pedro go to ground holding his face? Why does Busquets still get to writhe around in pain and stay on the pitch? He did the same last year and got a guy sent off vs Inter Milan. Inter had to play the rest of the game with 10 men and somehow held on. The behaviour by the Barcelona players is a disgrace and a shame on the game. I understand why football and basketball loving Americans seeing stuff like this and realize that this type of soccer is a total joke. Those of us that love soccer need to figure out a way to make it change. Even other European soccer stars can’t believe the way Barcelona’s players are behaving and what they are getting away with.

This year Dani Alvez gets a guy sent off by writhing around in pain, while most of the rest of Barca’s players crowd around the ref demanding a red card. Yet, no contact was made with Alvez’s foot (look on Real Madrid’s official site for video evidence of no contact.) Barca’s players are some of the most talented attackers on the planet (Messi, Villa, Xavi, etc.) but I can’t stand to watch them cuz of the cheating, the remonstrating against the refs when something goes against them, and the con-jobs they want the ref to believe when the shoe is on the other foot.

Here are some new rules I propose:

1. If you writhe around in pain, and then come back on and can fully sprint and participate in the game, you get a yellow card.

2. If video evidence shows (even after the fact!) that you got hit on your arm (like Pedro did) or your mid-section (like Busquets did), and you writhe around on the ground holding your face (like both Pedro and Busquets did), then YOU should get ejected from the game because you are trying to fool the ref and get someone else sent off.

3.Finally, if you come and crowd around the ref demanding a card for an opposing player, you should receive a caution.

It’s a disgrace. I don’t want Man U to get another european title. I don’t want Man U to get another European title. I don’t want Man U to get another European title……but I am thinking it would be better than this group of simulators and cheaters and crybabies. Of which Messi is not one. That guy gets slammed around and is pure class. His dribbling thru 5 Madrid defenders was amazing to see.

The ref will make the complete difference in the Champs League Final. It certainly did in the semi final yesterday.
Thoughts?
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  1. Loyan
    April 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    There are some Barca players that are terrible. But its not a team wide. I think Messi gets fouled 80% of the time he beats someone. Puyols is too prideful to go down too. When Yaya was with Barca he would treat fouls like flags on a downhill skiing course.

    I love the idea of penalties being doled out based on video even after the match. I hope that gets implemented. I’ve seen bookings (I think in Mexico) for asking the ref to issue a card. I think it is in the early stages but I like the trend. Sorta like getting booked for diving in the box for the PK. I love that trend.

    I think we are on the rebound of the 80s and 90s when skill players were getting fouled out of matches. In reaction to that players and refs are doing stuff to protect the players. The reaction has become too extreme and at some point it will rebound the other way.

    Look at QB protection in NFL. QBs were getting crushed and there was a reaction. QBS are way over protected now. Its silly. It will go on for a while and then it will rebound too.

    One thing will remain constant I think. Refs will always be candy ass cowards in general. Don’t ask me why. I don’t get it. There will always only be just a few refs that can handle a champs league final.

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  2. April 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I agree with you Loyan, it is not team wide. I can’t see Puyol ever clutching his face and writhing around. The problem is that it just takes a few guys — and Iniesta is totally in the group too — to rile up a ref and get everyone overreacting and get someone sent off with a red card. Then voila, the game is ruined.

    Remember in the world cup final when Iniesta was taken down by some Holland guy? He grabbed his leg, moans around a bit, searching for the ref …. but then the ref says “play on!”. Iniesta was up in a flash (not hurt at all) and totally lunged at the guy with the ball and took him down. He does the same with Barca.

    So, you have Iniesta, Busquests, Pedro, Alves — that’s getting close to half the starters on the field! Bringing up former players is funny … it certainly seems like a mindset with the current crop of guys

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