On 01/10/2010 4:02 p.m., Keith Anderson wrote:
> Posted by: "John Deacon" email@example.com jrdstar2
> Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:08 pm (PDT)
> well, we're all very quiet aren't we ?
> so just for something to say, did anyone hear the 'Monday Night Club' on
> Radio 5 on, errr, Monday evening? they had John Motson and a journo whose
> name escapes me who ended up arguing with Steve Claridge about the
> 'disputed' goal against Sunderland.
> very entertaining to hear Claridge arguing how he thought there was
> nothing wrong with the goal as any player would have done the same thing
> and it doesn't matter whether the ref was right or wrong, Sunderland took
> the free kick from the right place and Torres was fully in the right to
> take the ball etc etc. Sunderland appealed but the player who took the
> kick knew he'd made a mistake. the journo argument was that it was
> 'against the spirit of the game' and that Torres could have scored but
> felt guilty and knew he'd done something wrong so passed it to Kuyt so he
> had an 'accomplice'.
> in fact it's still available on the BBC Radio 5 iPlayer (presumably only
> if you're in the UK) here
> the conversation starts at 36:10 but starts to get more juicy around
> i think you might be able to podcast it as well, but i could be wrong.
> they also had a lot of texts agreeing with Claridge, along with a few that
> called Torres a cheat and called for Torres and Kuyt to be banned because
> 'everything that's wrong with football is condensed into that goal'.
> go on, give it a listen...>
> And then they went on to say that OG's were not fair either so they should not count because they are also mistakes. I'm going to try this argument with the lottery, excuse me...I picked the losing numbers by mistake, can you just pop the check in the post...
I was quite amused (about the only thing that amused me in this
morning's game) to hear the ESPN commentators say that Torres made the
wrong choice, when he pushed that ball over to the right, passed the
advancing keeper. Their words paraphrased 'He should have taken the
contact from the keeper and gone down in the area.' They would have
then pilloried him for going down too easy. ;)
On the free kick, we had a similar situation in an A-league game a
couple of weeks ago, where a player was trying to be smart at a free
kick. Ball on spot, player touches it lightly with foot, and then
'apparently' leaves it for someone else to take. Opposition player
realises that it has in fact been played, and charges in, getting there
first. Ref rules that the free kick had in fact been taken. Stupid
play - why complicate matters.