We’re not sure what this guy was trying to do before the final match Sunday between Spain and the Netherlands/ Looks to me like he was trying to put an orange knit cap over the top of the trophy. Unfortunately for him, a fast-moving security guard caught him just before he could get there. BAMM! Right to the face! Maybe this guy should fight in an MMA match?
And for once, the French apparently do get it. (Although it truth, we have been mocking them for years.) After playing poorly in the World Cup (a draw and then an unexpected loss), tempers have boiled over on the team and players–in front of the press and fans–actually refused to get off the bus to practice Sunday. Accusations are flying back and forth and the end result is that three of Europe’s most respected soccer nations (England, France & Italy) are all in trouble in only the early rounds of play. What does that mean for you? More off-field drama than on. Better than no drama at all, we guess.
Here’s more from ESPN who has desperately been trying to sell soccer to American fans:
The latest round of turbulence also led to the resignation of France team director Jean-Louis Valentin, who said he was fed up with the team. “It’s a scandal for the French, for the young people here. It’s a scandal for the federation and the French team,” Valentin said. “They don’t want to train. It’s unacceptable.”
Before getting in a car and driving off, he added: “As for me, it’s over. I’m leaving the federation. I’m sickened and disgusted.” Tensions boiled over after the team arrived at training and got off the bus to greet about 200 fans who had gathered there. Domenech, whose tactics and management skills have been questioned, stayed on the bus to talk to France captain Patrice Evra.
Meanwhile, fitness coach Robert Duverne was on the field putting down training cones. After Domenech and Evra got off the bus, Evra and Duverne started to argue. Domenech tried to intervene, but Duverne then stormed off, throwing his accreditation down the field. “Everyone in the whole world is mocking us now,” winger Franck Ribery said on television hours before training even started. “I’m gutted, because we’re not playing football any more.”
This is why American’s hate soccer. (And surprisingly why they love professional wrestling. Strange.) When the referee’s back is turned looking at the action elsewhere, you get close to the top player on the opposing team (in this case Brazil’s Kaka), let him brush up against your chest with is hand and then fall to the ground, writhing in pain as if he hit you in the face. The ref comes over, sees you screaming like a little girl and asks you who the mean old boy was who hit you. Bingo! Red card for that meanie and off he goes.
At least in pro wrestling most of us expect to be fake and eventually someone will pull a foreign object out of their trunks and really give it to the faker.
We can only hope someone in the future will do that to the player on the Ivory Coast team who pulled this stunt on international television. And really, if soccer’s governing body FIFA doesn’t overrule the red card and send the faker packing that will tell you all you need to know about this sport.