Controversial Luis Suárez goal seals Liverpool win at Mansfield

Andre Marriner will do well to forget this game. After consulting with touch official Mike Mullarkey — keep it together — Marriner allowed Suarez’s goal in the 58th minute. The Urugyan striker’s post goal celebration — one he has been doing all year — acknowledged the role his hand played in the goal. It really didn’t. The kiss was less enthusiastic than usual — this is what’s it has come to — and he does in commemoration of his daughter, whose name is tattooed on his wrist. The fourth official claims to have saw it and ruled it accidental. He got it wrong. We can learn something from Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox: “He is an incredible talent and a great player, for me to come out and criticize him for that would be very cheap. I can’t fault him for something that 99 out of 100 strikers would do.” Well said.

Cristiano Ronaldo rescues 10-man Real

Antonio Adan’s time in the spotlight is waning. Ha, just kidding. Jose Mourinho’s antics, while zany, are wearing thin. Adan’s red card in the sixth minute forced Mourinho’s hand, Iker the scorned drew back into the lineup. “The crowd at Santiago Bernabeu stadium voiced its displeasure with Mourinho’s continued benching of Casillas by jeering the coach’s name when it was announced before the game and cheering for their beloved star.” Adan has been terrible. He allowed three goals against Malaga last week and made a costly blunder that eliminated Madrid’s early lead. If the rumors of a coup withing the Madrid locker room are true something has got to give. Mou’s much lauded reputation is deteriorating by the day.

Man City, United and Chelsea consider move for £33m Madrid flop Modric

Speaking of disappointing things going down in Madrid, Luka Modric hasn’t had a good time in Spain. The former Spurs talisman has found himself on the outside looking in at the Bernabeu. According to the Daily Mail, Modric has been voted as the worst summer signing — they don’t attribute a source to this poll, but a trustworthy newspaper like the Mail doesn’t need to. Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are ‘monitoring’ Modric’s situation. Let the uninformed speculation begin.

Soccer players facing racial abuse shouldn’t walk off, Blatter says

Kevin-Prince Boateng has garnered almost universal acclaim for his decision to walk off the field during a friendly against Pro Patria after suffering through racial taunts. I say ‘almost universal’ because Sepp Blatter has managed to be the voice of idiocy once again. Respect the consistency. “I don’t think you can run away, because eventually you can run away if you lose a match. This issue is a very touchy subject, but I repeat there is zero tolerance of racism in the stadium.” Good god is FIFA an irrelevant cadre of dunderheaded clowns who will never get it. Blatter championed the use of harsh sanctions — sanctions that have been in place are have curbed racist incidents in Serie, but the lower leagues in Italy remain a shitshow. Massimo Allegri responded to Blatter’s comments: “We wanted to give a signal. Players can’t suspend a match but others can. There need to be rules put in place. We made a signal for the future. There needs to be more civility in Italian stadiums.”

The day UFOs hovered over Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi

From Our Own Correspondent, a feature on the BBC World Service, is one of my favourite radio programs. This week Richard Padula chronicled a mysterious incident in October 27th, 1954 in the skies of Fiorentina. UFOs in Italy –  a Michael Bay movie is in the works. “I remember clearly seeing this incredible sight. They were moving very fast and then they just stopped. It all lasted a couple of minutes. I would like to describe them as being like Cuban cigars. They just reminded me of Cuban cigars, in the way they looked.” Read the whole thing. Very cool.