In Defence of Kaka

21 06 2010
Kaka, one of the Worlds best players, a religious man, and one that you would never do a dirty thing was unjustifiably sent off because of a cheating dirty trick from an Ivory Coast player, during Brazil’s 3-1 victory.  The only surprise to me is that the diving Ivorian in question wasn’t Didier Drogba (who scored a great goal, but I still don’t like him).
 
The referee was shockingly poor anyway (allowing Brazils 2nd goal that was quite clearly 2 handballs), but there was no excuse for the 2nd yellow card shown to Kaka.
 
Not even seeing what had happened, he was conned by the feigning Kader Keita, who went down like he had been punched in the face.  In reality he had ran into Kaka’s shoulder at chest level and then proceeded to writhe around in (faked) agony.   
 
If you watch the replay, the ref only saw the aftermath of the Ivorians surrounding Kaka and a scuffle starting (handbags really, it all came to nothing).  Kaka was then given a 2nd yellow card for Violent conduct.
 
This is what I hate about football, the cheating and the gamesmanship to get other players sent off, especially one as good as Kaka who would have been a star of the next Brazil game, but who could now be banned for up to 4 matches (on seeing the replay there is no way this will be any more than a 2 match ban).
 
Keita, the other player involved will get off with his misdemeanour when in fact he should have been booked for simulation.
 
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World Cup Moan!

15 06 2010

I haven’t commented on the England Vs. USA game before as I didn’t really know what to say. Now it turns out that I do. I felt that we played OK and that I was right all along that Emile Heskey should not be playing for England. ( Why have we taken a striker who can’t score?).

Ledley King was always going to be a liability and that was proven after 45 minutes.

I also don’t think that Robert Green did too badly and it was a freak goal. Even David Seaman, Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks had their off days.

I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon of saying that Capello should get the sack after this one result, but he has made some bad choices for this World Cup, not helped by injuries. Time will tell, but I don’t think that we will get to the Semi-finals.

I hope that today brings around some excitement as so far only Germany, helped by a dodgy sending off have looked convincing. Portugal, Brazil and the Ivory Coast are all in action today and all 3 could do well. So far most of the games have been uninspiring, so I am hoping for a bit of Brazillian flair, or as much as I hate to say it, Christiano Ronaldo to do something good.

Still, you never know, anything could happen. North Korea for the Win anyone? Its currently 22/1 at paddypower.com (other betting sites are available, its just the first one that came to my non-betting mind).