OK--why was I so annoyed yesterday? England lost a football game. This is not an unusual occurance, believe me :) We Brits know how to lose at sport!!!
What peed me off was the behaviour of the Portugese throughout this tournament and the disproportionate refereeing decisions.
When Portugal played Holland (the game before the England match), it was a brawl--more akin to a hockey game than soccer. Luis Figo headbutted another player in full view of the ref and got a yellow card (so he stayed on with no further disciplinary action). The Portugese are also renowned for fabulous diving antics and theatrics.
Wayne Rooney apparently stamped on a player (it really did not look that serious to me) and he got the red card (have to leave the pitch and miss the following FIFA game). This left England defending for an hour with 10 men. I really really believe the refereeing decisions have altered the course of the World Cup. Had Portugal been rightfully penalized in the Holland match they might have had to play with 10 men. They might have lost that match. So it matters, right? Getting it right, matters.
I know refereeing is the hardest job in the world to do and no one ever appreciates them because only one team can win--but this sucked.
So I'm annoyed. I'm annoyed with the refs. I do believe players should set good standards for young people watching the game and be good role models. I'm annoyed at the Portugese for playing dirty soccer. If they win the world cup... I'm going to be really annoyed :D
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