The ref badgering.
Most of you complain about it and the players that are most notorious for it.
But this is what happens when a team, in this case Madrid, decides it does not want to play straight up. And I don’t blame them – I’d certainly do the same. Because if you play toe-to-toe, it’s likely you’ll get raped on.
When a team is outclassed, there are several ways to try and get a result “cleanly”, but the odds are still heavily stacked against you. So if you want to further improve those chances, you mix in some dirtiness – also read as disruption of play.
Not only do you prevent your opponent from getting into any flow or rhythm, but you introduce a deeper level of psychological games which can effect even the best professionals.
Ah yes …
The dirty side of the beautiful game.
Maybe it’s hard to appreciate without having played, I don’t know.
The foul exaggerations …
The ref badgering …
Certainly hard to appreciate if you’ve been bred with the American or English mentality.
Heh, on what grounds do the American’s stand that they claim to have a greater “appreciation” or “respect” for the sport? Some moral, self-righteous one? Please. It’s nothing less than ignorance. The English? Well, what the hell have they accomplished in the last 10 million years?
And it’s not like these two don’t have their healthy share of infractions anyways.
Or maybe you just fundamentally believe the game should be more physical like MLS.
“Play on you say!!”
Then later don’t complain when Zakuani and Ferreira incidents occur.
I know this is an inflammatory issue lots of people don’t agree with me on, and that’s fine. Whatever. Like it or not, I’m here to tell you how it is!
The teams and players that want to play the beautiful game in its purest, cleanest form, will fight for it. They will not leave it to the judgement of referees! It’s as simple as that. They want to influence how the game is called. They want a player’s sense and interpretation of justice.
Ref badgering and foul exaggerations to try and get a tighter game called and possible expulsion of opponents for disruption of play and dirty tactics.
And in the context of a clasico with emotions at peak levels, all this get’s amplified.
The hope being that the better team on the day will win. And this time, it worked out for Barca. This is the penalty Madrid pays, knowing full well this could be the outcome, for playing “anti-futbol”.
Would they have been penalized without Barca players exaggerating and rushing the ref, which by the way Real did as well?
Who knows? But what I do know is that players will not entrust referees with the game – not now, not ever! That’s just the way it is. Try to understand it, and learn to embrace it. This is the sport we love.