UEFA slip up, but will farce prevail again?

by Ryan Duggins

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Over the last week, I have been socialising with a psychopath, who very much enjoys punching random strangers in the face whilst they enjoy their day-to-day antics. His swagger intrigues me, as does his own outlook, as he scopes the towns around the area for new places to pounce.

Now, in one specific place there is a hardened rule that the police have installed, and that is to do with previous convictions. Obviously, my friend is well known for these antics in most of the surrounding towns, but in one specific town, let’s call the town ‘Farcical’, they adopt a rule that if a that if a person does something naughty on November 29th, his slate is wiped and his next venture will be treated as if it was his first. So, what I pose to you readers, is can this man be blamed for a violent act the day before the law kicks if he knew that it would be forgotten next time around?

Playing with the rules = fair game

If the answer is no, then welcome to my way of thinking. This made up character is my own device in showing how hilarious and farcical the Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso red card saga is. UEFA have implemented these rules, but once these rules are being realised, UEFA become edgy and start exploring the thoughts behind working these rulings out of their own favour.

That is the trouble with our footballing bodies. They sit down for an expensive lunch, discuss a few things and don’t realise the holes in the system. I, for one, fully endorse the moves from Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos. They would not have played in the final group game, so the only opportunity they had to clear the slate was then. European referee’s have a nack for dishing out easy yellow cards, so if these two had done something minimal in the round of 16, which lead them to miss an important quarter-final tie, then all concerned would be absolutely gutted.

Isn’t UEFA at fault here?

The pair could face disciplinary action over their time-wasting antics, but shouldn’t it be UEFA who face a session under the microscope for poor governing. They implemented the ruling, and in a competition of such a nature, you have to take every opportunity to get ahead, and that is all that Real have done in this instance. In the football league, a player can incur five yellow cards to warrant a ban, so if say, Craig Bellamy, is on four whilst away at Barnsley, knowing that the Welsh derby is two weeks away, can you really blame him for putting in a late challenge?

With this type of ruling, there is always a risk of manipulation, but as the the governing bodies ignore common sense in all aspects, surely what Ramos and Alonso have done is play it by the book, and god knows FIFA and UEFA seldom shy away from their own rulings in favour of common sense.

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