Sep 062009
 

Given that we are in the midst of an international break, there is a surprising amount to get through.

First, we have yesterday’s comments from John Terry that English players don’t dive:

“That’s something the England lads don’t do. Sometimes we’re too honest. Even in the Premier League, we see the English lads get a bit of contact and try to stay on their feet and score the chance. The foreign mentality coming in is that any little clip you can go tumbling over, because of the speed of the game nowadays.”

Say what? Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Joe Cole and Ashley Cole. Is he seriously suggesting that none of these players ever dive?

I’m taking a random stab in the dark here, but I’m guessing Terry’s a Daily Mail reader. If he can even read. Quite frankly, what he says isn’t borderline politically incorrect, it is flat out xenophobic. And also a barefaced lie.

English players dive. I don’t care if it is a problem that seems to have been imported, English players still dive. Trying to claim that they’re all innocent, and that it is only Johnny Foreigner that tumbles theatrically to the turf isn’t fooling anyone.

Quite frankly, as the captain of the England team, a prominent and responsible role, he should be brought to task. If an office worker suggested that his foreign colleagues shared a negative trait not seen in the English, he’d be facing a pretty stiff lawsuit. Followed swiftly by his P45.

I’m sure there will be plenty of reports linking this to the Rooney incident in tonight’s England friendly, probably even on some Arsenal blogs (as we are feeling a bit defensive on this topic at the moment). But we should try to retain some perspective – Rooney and his marker were tugging at each other, tangled, when down, and Rooney lashed out. Bizarrely enough a penalty was given, but it wasn’t a dive. If it had been an Arsenal player we would be defending him, saying the referee just screwed up. Just because it is Rooney doesn’t mean we should have double standards.

It wasn’t a dive, so don’t use this as an example to counter Terry’s comments. There are already stacks of ready made incidents for that purpose.

Elsewhere, it is looking increasingly like Portugal will have next summer off, although they could have been dead and buried were it not for a late equaliser against Denmark, Bendtner having put the Danes ahead in the first half. As it is, Portugal are still only fourth in a tough group, and anything less than a win away to an impressive Hungarian side and it’s curtains.

Which would leave the World Player of the Year at home, for the first time since the days when George Weah used to win it but have no decent Liberian teammates. Of course, it isn’t an identical situation – Weah was popular, whereas Portugal failing to make it to the World Cup would just result in a lot of pointing and laughing.

Another country almost certain to miss out are the Czech Rep, a woeful fifth in their group. Sadly, that probably means Rosicky has played on the biggest stage for the last time, and will not get a chance to captain his country in South Africa.

Another Gooner, Vermaelen, is also set to stay at home – Belgium are six points from a play off spot with three games left. It looks bleak for them too.

In other news, there are reports that Djourou has had a knee op which will keep him out for six months. Suddenly Senderos is our first reserve centre back, and since Djourou was my my preferred option to replace Song in defensive midfield when the Cameroonian goes to the African Nations Cup, we look light there. It’s a shame – Djourou’s Arsenal career promises so much, but still hasn’t got going. Hopefully this will cure his continual injury problems.

And that’s it for today. We’re only halfway through the international break, folks. Roll on next weekend.

  17 Responses to “Bendtner nearly knocks Portugal out while Terry lives in a world of his own”

  1. If it wasn’t a dive, what was Rooney doing on the ground? Why did he subsequently appeal to the referee for a penalty by looking at the ref and waving his arms?

    The Slovenian defender touches Rooney, then Rooney grabs the guy’s shirt, and then goes down.

    AT THE TIME ROONEY GOES DOWN HE WAS THE ONE MAKING CONTACT WITH THE SLOVENIAN.

    It is a dive!

  2. It wasn’t a dive, so don’t use this as an example to counter Terry’s comments.

    are u joking he went down and then claimed a pen. even if he didnt dive according to the rules he deceived the ref. he should of stood up and told ref it wasnt a pen. never going to happen is it? then the rules need to change.

  3. rooney is a diver,he being doing it for years him and gerrard are always at it but the ENGLISH media just sweep it under the rug and get on with it if eddie was english it would be a adifferent story,ireland had a great result 2nite winning 1-2 in cyprus keano shhh,wit the winner lets hope we get eng in world cup group and beat them as we always do,ole ole ole

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  5. Im seriously getting pissed from all these comments of terry. Who the Fuck does he think he is? GOD? He should worry about his job as a defender, and stop being a critic, cause I guarantee, that, gerrard, rooney, lampard, Joe cole, Beckham, Ashley Cole Dive. Terry is a bitch, will never be remembered, because all he does is sits on his ass and critics people. I also don’t get the big deal everyone is making about the arsenal dive? Eduardo got a penalty, from a dive, arsenal are trying to apeal it. THATS ALL NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, MAybe terry, ferguson, UEFA, SFA, Evra could stick a dick up their mouth so they can shut the fuck up. IVE HAD IT. THEY ALL START TALKING LIKE THEIR ANGELS. FUCKING CUNTS.

  6. The issue is not only diving, but Ronnie doesnt has the guts to admit he dive and worse still, he is shameless to say he NEVER dive. What a big liar he is!

  7. La gunner for the president post!!!!
    totaly agree with you m8.. we always lose so many games coz of fucken refs, but nothng matters..

  8. its all inthe english mentallity. i saw rooney tackle and almost break a defender’s ankle yesterday and instead of a booking he earned a pen, at the world cup against portugal HE STAMPED AND DANCED ON CARVALHO’S GROIN, GOT SENT OFF FOR THAT, and you englishmen had a simple defence for that, RONALDO WINKED.thats the lamest and most annoying statement i have ever heard in football. up to now i know most of you still believe he was sent off “BECAUSE RONALDO WINKED”. “AND MARTIN TAYLOR IS NOT THAT TYPE OF PLAYER. AND KEVIN DAVIES, NICKY BUTT, JOEY BARTON ARE PHYSICAL WHILE MASCHERANO IS A DIRTY PLAYER. AND EDUARDO who has had only one dive in his career is A CHEAT, WHILE GERRAD IS ‘NOTORIOUSLY LIGHT ON HIS FEET’ …….”

  9. i agree, I am a hypocritical cheating cnut and so is my balding pal rooney. We are both, cheating, diving cnut-bags

  10. Can no-one else see that the defender had a hand full of Rooney’s shirt? Certainly none of the match analysists noticed this blatant fact. This is what the ref saw, so this is why he gave the penalty. Obviously he missed Ronney pulling a shirt even more, and then missed him lashing out. However, I don’t have any sympathy with the Slovenian defender for conceeding the penalty, as he grabbed Rooney’s shirt. Which is a foul. People do it all the time, but it should be a foul all the time (and a booking, because holding is cheating, far worse than a mistimed tackle). I do have sympathy for him for the ref missing the blatant kick that injured him and that should have been in the least a booking.

    I know diving’s the hot topic, but I feel shirt pulling is up there as a blight on the game. It is cheating. Every shirt pull should be punished by a free kick (and a booking). Sure, if every shirt pull in the penalty area was given there would be loads of penalties, but that’s not an excuse not to give them. If they get given more, the pulling will stop. And if two people pull one anothers shirts (like last night), they are both fouling one another, and the ref should give a free kick to whoever had there shirt pulled first. Although probably not in the rule if he can’t decide who did it first I would book them both and start the game with a competitive drop ball (remember them – the Macedonians clearly don’t).

  11. Folks, it wasn’t a dive – there was contact, both players were tugging at each other. There are much more clear cut examples of dives week in week out.

    No, Rooney didn’t help himself by appealing for a penalty, but it still wasn’t a dive. It was a tangle.

    Alan, I agree on the shirt pull – it is supposed to be a mandatory yellow card, after all, but referees seemed to have forgotten that.

  12. I don’t want to get too heavily into semantics here, but most are missing the point. The Eduardo charge was deceiving the referee. The moment Rooney sat on the deck and held his arms out he attempted to deceive the referee. The moment he allowed the penalty to be taken and didn’t advise the referee of his mistake he deceived the referee. Open and shut case; according to FIFA ; absolute offence.

  13. Make that last one FIFA/UEFA… Semantics again…

  14. fuck ur english just like terry,blinded,racists,simple,he didnt dive but he cheated the officials ban him.

  15. Yes, you’re right, he appealed for the penalty, but you’re still missing the point of what I’m trying to say.

    Players appeal for fouls that aren’t ten times a match. It isn’t nice, but we’ve never been up in arms about it before, it has always been down to the referee to judge. If a player actually throws himself to the ground and appeals, that is worse than appealing hopefully for something you know you are unlikely to get.

    Technically, it is deceiving the referee if you claim that a throw in is yours, when it plainly isn’t.

    I just think there’s a danger that we are allowing the defensiveness that we feel after the Eduardo punishment to cloud our judgement of everything else, and make us cry foul at incidents we barely turned an eye to before.

  16. Yes, you’re right, he appealed for the penalty, but you’re still missing the point of what I’m trying to say.

    Players appeal for fouls that aren’t ten times a match. It isn’t nice, but we’ve never been up in arms about it before, it has always been down to the referee to judge. If a player actually throws himself to the ground and appeals, that is worse than appealing hopefully for something you know you are unlikely to get.

    Technically, it is deceiving the referee if you claim that a throw in is yours, when it plainly isn’t.

    I just think there’s a danger that we are allowing the defensiveness that we feel after the Eduardo punishment to cloud our judgement of everything else, and make us cry foul at incidents we barely turned an eye to before.
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  17. Couldn’t agree more; which is what Wenger spoke of when he talked of opening dangerous doors. When UEFA levied the charge they opened the appeals process to every mistake and dodgy decision; from incorrect throw-ins to broken legs.
    Impossible to police, impossible to judge, impossible to sanction… nothing to do with whether a dive is a dive or an oscar performance; all about whether the law is enforceable.
    I don’t happen to think Eduardo dived, but that’s irrelevant; point is it has to be the referee’s decision, and his alone; once you start re-visiting decisions already given you open the floodgates to administrated anarchy; and not only that; I’ve supported England for over forty years and last night I found myself hoping he’d send Rooney off. It’s devisive and just plain wrong!

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