The moment Aguero(oooo) scored the goal that clinched the title for Manchester City in stoppage time is an incredible display of football at it’s roaring, bedlam-inducing finest. This is probably why Sky have been using it to promote their sports package ever since it happened. When Aguero turns and wheels away in celebration there is a perfect shot of him swinging his shirt over his head while the fans behind him go berserk; But – and while I’m sure he won’t have cared to much – Aguero was issued a yellow card for taking his shirt off in the adrenaline fuelled moments after he had clinched City’s first ever Premier League title with seconds to spare. You have to question why a non harmful gesture of pure passion and celebration is being penalised.
I bet the guys over at FIFA HQ are a barrel of laughs.
There are many gripes fans have with modern football; Kick off times being moved, not being able to stand on a good old fashioned terrace and players diving are a few that spring to mind. But sometimes fans forget about some of others most stupid stuff. So without further ado let’s take a look at some of the silliest, worst and most stupid stuff in football.
The first thing we’ll look at is the most obvious. Receiving a yellow card for “over celebrating.” This includes; top off, jumping in to the fans, winding up opposition fans on purpose -think Adebayor vs Arsenal. When a player scores a goal sometimes they may lose their head and, gasp, run and celebrate with their fans. Why give a yellow? It could result in them being suspended if they have accumulated enough yellow cards up to that point, and all for a harmless act of celebration.
The second thing to come under scrutiny is the location of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar. It has been proven that several ex-members of FIFA were corrupt so it isn’t too hard to guess that maybe the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar had some corruption involved, possibly, allegedly and all that. At least that’s what I have to tell myself when trying to make sense of just how Qatar got the World Cup. Extreme heat has lead to the decision to host the tournament during the winter, sigh, and there is the infrastructure, or lack of, to be considered. Qatar is tiny and most of the stadiums haven’t even been built yet, which isn’t really that surprising when you think back to Brazil and the 2014 World Cup. The travel for most, especially England, fans just seems like an insult. Simply put the whole farce makes no sense.
Referees are human. Of course they are. But why do they have to be so inconsistent? Take Marcos Rojo. Recently he put in two shocking two footed challenges and managed to collect a mere yellow card on each occasion. HOW? There are also many incidents where players have altercations off the ball. Granted the referees can’t see everything but sometimes they do see incidents and when they do no one knows how they will react. Sometimes a push and shove will result in a red. Sometimes an elbow to the face we’ll be a yellow or even just a word in their ear. The FA need to make sure the referees officiating games are consistent and know how to react to different situations. Surely that’s not too much too ask?
Who am I kidding; it’s football. Of course it is.