FIFA: Italians are bad actors and refs are blind

zidane04.gifI have written before how World Cup soccer frustrates the hell out of me. I love when countries compete in any competition but soccer at the end of the day always lets me down. Just like a battered wife, I will continue to come back and watch this sport.

In an interview aired yesterday, World Cup soccer boss Sepp Blatter made an apology to Australian fans and went as far as saying Australia should have gone through to the World Cup finals instead of Italy. He also admitted that players are cheating more and the referee’s were obviously watching a different game.

Its good to see that FIFA has finally acknowledged the utter bullshit of what was perhaps the most controversial call in Australian sport. Was Blatter’s comments a save face to not discourage Australian’s interest in the world game or does FIFA truly believe the game needs an overhaul? Only time will tell…

Blatter sorry for penalty (The Age)

Bonus: The Zidane headbutt parodies still make me laugh. Check them out here.

3 Comments so far

  1. Noah (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    Every sport has acting, or, more accurately, dramaticism. The World Cup had plenty, but the NBA has guys overacting on fouls to try to get guys to foul out or to get free throws, and in the NFL, where punters are supposed to go mostly untouched, a stiff wind knocks these guys over in an effort to force a penalty call. It is just a part of sports. Hockey is the only sport that seems to have very little of this. In hockey, the harder a player gets hit, the more they try to play it off like it didn’t hurt. They could get hit with a Zamboni, and they would do their best to finish the line shift.

    We have a whole “sport” created from this type of drama! The WWF (now WWE) is a total spectacle devoted to drama and over-acting.


  2. Neil (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    You can’t even compare what happens in soccer with what happens in the NFL or the NBA. There is 100x more acting in soccer. Unfortunately, most of the calls in soccer are missed and the refs have to decided based on someone lieing on the ground. Many times have I seen contact not even being made and the guy falling down. Italy fakes injuries and overexaggerates everything. Just compare Italy’s playing style with Australia’s or the US’s.

    Australia vs. Italy was a 0-0 game. That controversial decision in the last seconds of the game gave Italy a free goal. You can’t make stupid calls like that.

    Review the game afterwards like Footy and serve game suspensions for downright liars. If FIFA did that, there would be no Italian team left.


  3. Noah (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ammused by how urked you are by the whole thing… It’s great!

    “Jeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkk”



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