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Re: “When cynicism succeeds: Deliberate handball lifts Uruguay over Ghana

For goodness sakes! I think you do protest too much! Are you all serious?

For all your talk on professional sportsmanship -football is aggressive and includes accepted strategic ways to cause faults and gain penalty kicks.
Every team is filled with purpose theatrics that could get Oscars or academy awards .-There is no other sport in the world you will see grown men roll over in agony instantly over nothing just to grab the referees attention.

Imagine in the army if grown men whimpered like this? Or let’s think about Gladiators in Rome! No, men don’t roll over and whimper except in soccer where it is called sportsmanship. Others may see a culture of so called cheating is good part of the game.

So sure, in this case the handball breaks the rules if you are caught. Suarez was caught. There is a penalty. Suarez gets a red card and is sent off and misses a game. Done. If this had happened at the beginning of the game would it be getting all this attention? No! If this happened in a game where Uruguay lost, 0-4 like Argentina today lost to Germany-- would it be cause to such contention? No.
So this time it was in the last moments of play and the handball stopped a goal. Ghana still had the chance to win fair and square as when any other penality is called.
C'mon guys stop all the theatrics and hysteria. Stop moving the goal posts with a sudden heroics of ethics and principle that is so one sided and misplaced. Do you really believe no other athlete would have done exactly what Suarez did in the same situation? Get over it. This is the World Cup --Football-- not the Teddy bears picnic.

Posted by Susanrose on 07/03/2010 at 1:33 PM

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