Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Fair Comment?

I had to laugh when I read this, courtesy of the BBC World Cup blog -

"According to the Associated Press, this is how Huang Jianxiang relayed the moment when Fabio Grosso went down under Lucas Neill's "challenge" in the last 10 seconds of the match to the millions of Chinese viewers on state-run CCTV.

Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso's done it, Grosso's done it! The great Italian left back! He succeeded in the glorious traditions of Italy! Facchetti, Cabrini and Maldini, their souls are infused in him at this moment! Grosso represents the long history and traditions of Italian soccer, he's not fighting alone at this moment! He's not alone!

More was to come when Francesco Totti converted the spot-kick.

Goooooal! Game over! Italy win! Beat the Australians! They do not fall in front of Hiddink again! Italy the great! Left back the great! Happy birthday to Maldini! Forza Italia! The victory belongs to Italy, to Grosso, to Cannavaro, to Zambrotta, to Buffon, to Maldini, to everyone who loves Italian soccer! Hiddink ... lost all his courage faced with Italian history and traditions ... He finally reaped fruits which he had sown! They should go home. They don't need to go as far away as Australia as most of them are living in Europe. Farewell!

Huang later said he couldn't remember what he had said in the heat of the moment and his preference for Italy was because he had commentated on Serie A for many years. "I'm more familiar with Italian players ... and I don't like Australians indeed. I was hoping they'd do badly."

This followed the whingeing that Radio Five Live broadcast of Aussie's who attended the game - unfair, cheated, unlucky, undeserving, were all trotted out as excuses. The facts are that they couldn't beat ten men, so stop all the moaning! That's the trouble with Kingsley Adams airport in Sydney, even when the planes turn their engines off, the whining continues! You've lost the Ashes, you're out of the World Cup, and even the Irish beat you at Aussie Rules!

Now that's what I call setting myself up for a fall come Saturday evening!!!

Come on England!

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