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.

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  2. I don’t often agree with Blatter, but think he has a case here. There is no excuse for racist chanting, but I’m not sure if walking off is the answer. Peter Herbert ( chairman of Black Lawyers society ) says ” walk off and the morons go home and have wasted their money”
    What about the 95%+ who have payed good money and behave. There is also the scenario were your team is losing and you “hear” some abuse. Let the police/stewards sort ti out at source.

  3. Where are all the Suarez haters?! Hahaha

  4. Fair play to Paul Cox, he’s right.

    BTW anyone else think the early rounds of the FA Cup are the best? I love watching games on chewed-up pitches in front of a couple of thousand fans. You can hear each individual comment from the stands!

  5. “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.”

    Nice sentiment, but he might want to check out Klose vs. Napoli. Accidental handball goal against real competition, but no booting the ball into the net, no kissing wrists or celebration after. Tells ref to not count the goal instead.

    But hold on. Results driven pragmatism in the modern game means outright cheating is acceptable because supposedly 99% of players would have done the same?

    • Players like Suarez have been in football for a long long time – his attitude on the field has nothing to do with ‘pragmatism in the modern game’. Part of the English media hates him because, as they have always done with the sport, play on this ‘good sportsman on the field, gentleman off’ attitude and use those ‘traits’ within a highly class-based commentary. One of the strong reactions from South America when Suarez was suspended and fined for saying “negro” was that he and other South American players are often labelled pejoratively as “South American” in the world of football and no one thinks twice about it – it is not an excuse but pointing out a real bias in how the narrative on the pitch is spun out after the match has been played.

      Klose did something interesting and admirable but football has always lived (and breathes) with the fascinating stories of players pushing the limits of the rules. I do think, however, that Suarez is vilified as part of a larger cultural narrative within the English press that is not so subtle at times. Going against the narrative, and seeing just a football player, is what I think makes Paul Cox’s comment remarkable.

      • No doubt there is some vilification on the part of players like Suarez in the English game that is not always justified. However, I am not content with saying that players like him have always existed and always got away with things like this, and that this is sufficient for him to be the victim rather than the guilty party (and come on now, even Rodgers admits it, but says it’s the job of the refs and not the players to catch these incidents – something that’s technically true but a bit dodgy for the integrity of the game).

        Is it so hard to aim higher in terms of sporting play?

      • Just wanted to point out that there’s a difference between pushing the limits of the rules…and out right breaking them.

      • Not sure if it is fair to portray Suarez’s reputation as some sort of cultural/class injustice. He started earning his reputation by blatantly cheating in the WC gme against Ghana – where most neutrals were cheering for the underdog/home team/feel-good story. He then continued the narrative by becoming arguably the biggest diver in the premier league. And then he does this and eliminates yet another scrappy underdog team that deserved better than this result. And to top it all off he plays for fucking Liverpool. To chalk this up to some sort of anti-South-American bias is, I think, somewhat disingenuous. Suarez has clearly manufactured his own narrative, and it is his fault that many neutrals view him as the antagonist.

        • ” And to top it all off he plays for fucking Liverpool.”

          How to discredit your argument in one easy step. Keep it objective and people may listen.

          • Yeah, because an anonymous footy blog comment forum is no place for fan bias….

            Thanks for the netiquette lesson.

        • Hardly the biggest diver in the league but certainly the most written about, which is part of my point.

  6. You are welcome. Do better.

    • Suarez is definitiely one of the biggest divers in the league. If you disagree with that, then I think we have a fundamentally different understanding of the english language.

      As for the most written about, I would point to the fact that Bale has repeatedly been the focus of accusatory articles about diving. And, contrary to the narrative you are creating, he is a good Brittish lad. So that kind of negative media reaction isn;t simply reserved for “South Americans”. (And I won’t even mention Pusquets, another European who regularly gets shit on by the media).

      Bottom line – I fail to see how Suarez being called out is any different, or the fault of some sort of cultural elitism.

      • Oops – was replying to Matt’s comments above.

      • ashley young and gareth bale have been booked for diving this year more than suarez so check your facts the difference being that young and bale r british so its no big deal

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