What a load of Borucs, Eduardo charged by UEFA.
Afternoon Gooners, apologies for the title, but when I’m making fun of the tabloids I enjoy mirroring their headline style for comic effect, or something.
A few things to talk about today, with Arsenal set to face off against Manchester Utd tomorrow, the Champions League group stage draw and all this palaver about Eduardo getting charged for diving by UEFA.
First off, having convinvingly thrashed Celtic over 2 (trailing) legs, Arsenal have been drawn in Group H for the Champions League group stage. Here’s the group :
Which is a group that you would really think Arsenal will top without any problems. First match is 15th/16th September and I can’t wait.
On to the main talking point of the last two days (and counting), Eduardo has now been officially charged by UEFA for ‘deceiving the referee’ during Arsenal’s one-sided pummeling of Celtic.
In case you missed the match or any of the sewage coming out of the pipe in the last 48 hours, the media and hooooo else but owl-faced Celtic boss Tony Mowbray would have us all believe that Celtic were well in the game with Arsenal until Eduardo’s dubious penalty gave Arsenal the advantage.
Well no, it wasn’t like that. Celtic were out-played and outclassed and barely managed more than a tiny handful of shots on goal over the two games. Arsenal were in complete control throughout and would have surely scored sooner or later in the second leg, so it is hardly as if the penalty could be said to have had much effect on the outcome of the game. Also, because of the away goals rule Celtic required 3 goals to win before the penalty and 3 goals to win after the penalty.
However, The furore has been so intense that it has lead to UEFA, lead by chief idiot Platini, (who never, ever dived by the way) to charge Eduardo and launch an investigation into the incident.
I’m usually not one to voice the old claim that the media/establishment dislike and are unfair to the Arsenal, but this whole thing stinks of inconsistency. Arsenal (with the exception perhaps of Eboue) are one of the fairer teams in top flight football, and I would point you to the way Arshavin reacted to an unjust penalty last season as an illustration of this.
I’m not going to say it wasn’t a dive. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t, there was a little contact but not much and it’s not as if Eduardo hit the floor as if had been shot. Which clumsily brings me to my main point here – and that is that diving has been a part of football for a long time and there are certain players who are prone to do it extremely frequently, yet one Arsenal player possibly dives against a beloved Scottish underdog team and it sparks days of debate, calls for and eventual charges from UEFA?
How bizarre. I mean, Ronaldo never got banned for diving after the event did he? He spends nearly as much time rolling around on the floor in mock agony as he does under a sun-bed. What about Drogba, Gerrard, Rooney, Young, Babel e.t.c e.t.c e.t.c
One final point of idiocy to point out before I try to forget about this loads of Borucs for ever; How is it that if the referee spots you diving you get a yellow card but if he doesn’t, you can be liable to a 2 match ban for deceiving him? If you dive you’re trying to deceive him whether he spots it or not, right?
Whatever, I’m just looking forward to Arsenal stuffing the Mancs tomorrow – After all, they don’t have Ronaldo to roll around and win free-kicks and penalties for them anymore do they.