First, my apologies, there was a ton of news yesterday and I was completely missing in action. I had a (thankfully) minor surgical procedure and I just didn’t feel well enough to do any posting. So I crawled in bed and slept for about 14 hours. Mea culpa. Sheesh, doesn’t my doctor understand I have a blog to do?! PRIORITIES, DOCTOR! LEARN THEM! Anyhow, I’m feeling a bit better today so I’ll try to catch up on everything. There’s a lot to cover!
On to the rumors and drama – let’s get that out of the way first… The Spanish media is saying that Jorge Valdano is planning on leaving the club due to clashes with Mou, which is the reverse of what the press was spinning a month ago. Considering that the sources are El Mundo Deportivo and Goal.com, I think it would be prudent to wait and see how this shakes out.
And the whole Real Madrid-Barca fall out continues to get more nasty. Real Madrid posted a statement detailing the process of how the racial case about Busquets came about. Turns out that it was the UEFA who brought the allegations, not Madrid.
Much more worrying were the comments of one of Barca’s VPs, Josep María Bartomeu, on Spanish radio:
“[W]e would not do this. We don’t do it and we won’t do it. We respect what happens on the field and we won’t get involved with what happens on the field. It appears that Madrid is not doing this and they are losing this señorío that the club has always had. I don’t want to talk about the issues of a club that is not mine, but I will just say that we would never do it because it appears to be an exaggeration to us.
“I don’t understand why Busquets should miss out on the final. That’s something that surprises us a lot. The referee is the one who makes decisions on the field. Depriving Busquets, who is having a sensational season, of the final seems very excessive to us and we’re very upset. I don’t know what Señor Busquets said and what they were talking about, but they are things that happen all the time in football. If we have to put a camera on each player to follow what they say or do, this will become a circus. Football has triumphed, along with fair play…”
(Translation from unamadridista) Both una at Following Real Madrid (see the updates part) and Brooks at Dirty Tackle have spoken eloquently about these statements. I don’t see how anyone – Madridista, cule or neutral could not be appalled by Bartomeu’s ignorant comments or how there can be any defense for these remarks. What he said is vile, disgusting and has done (IMHO) a great disservice to Barca’s image as a club. If they really do espouse the values that they claim to, they need to censure him immediately. This is the club that has anti-racism clauses in their contract! Is it just lip service?! The final line “football has triumphed, along with fair play…” is mind boggling. First, off what the fuck does that have to do with the discussion? Secondly, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, DUDE?! This endless harping about the only team who played football, football triumphing, etc. blah blah blah. Barca’s way is not the only way to play footy. They are not the be all, end all authority on what football is/should be no matter how good of a team they are. There is room for other approaches. Otherwise, Barca should play just themselves and pat each other on the back. They would probably be happier. I think they have a great side with many players that I enjoy (and some that I don’t admittedly) but this sort of smugness and arrogance is very off putting. At times they act like the Holy Warriors of Football, sent to this earth to teach us The Way. Guys, shut up and play football. Please? Yes, I know Madrid is not perfect and sometimes we need to STFU as well, so please, no shrill comments and finger pointing, listing everything that Madrid has done ever that pissed someone off – there are other blogs where you can do that and I’m certainly not feeling well enough to deal with it. I think pretty much anyone (except for extreme Barca apologists) will have to admit that Bartomeu’s comments were out of line and shameful. I would be absolutely repulsed if someone from Madrid came out with this statement and I would be baying for their ass to be fired. So now that I’ve gotten that off my chest…some more news:
Sergio presented his upcoming charity golf tournament (May 17) for the Apascovi Foundation wearing a hideous outfit. Oh honey, no! He continued the hideous outfit parade when he tweeted this picture of himself with actor Fernando Tejero backstage at a concert by his friend Dani Martin:
Manu and Jerzy Dudek got into the charity presenting business too on Friday as they announced Real Madrid’s upcoming charity golf tournament. It was cute – Dudek gave Manu a golf lesson.
RealMadrid.com says “All tournament proceeds will be donated to schools for the disabled that work with the Down Syndrome Foundation, FEAPS Madrid as well as other associations for the disabled.”
Looks like Baby Mama Drama for Pipita and Muppet Baby alum, Neymar! Kickette is reporting that both our young gentlemen apparently neglected to bag it up, resulting in unplanned pregnancies. Supposedly, Pipa was only dating the young lady for a month when this happened and his mother confirmed that the mysterious baby mama was 4-5 months along in January. So he is either already a daddy or about to be very soon. Neymar, who is all of 19, confirmed his upcoming sprog on his official website. The scuttlebutt is that the young lady is only 17. (Ganso is probably weeping big bromance tears somewhere). Boys, I hope you will step up and do your duty in this regard, but seriously, please use protection – it’s irresponsible not to for many reasons, all of which you are both old enough to know. Sheesh.
La Roja will meet President Obama a few days before playing the USMNT at Foxboro. Thanks to wa-tishista! notoriousjk for tweeting me about this. Are we alone in hoping that Busquets doesn’t get called up?
The Columbus Crew of MLS and Outlook Media have created the Pride Cup, a one-day adult GLBT and allied soccer tournament. It will be held on Saturday, July 23 and feature will feature up to eight (8) 10-person teams playing in a 6v6 format. Three cheers for the Pride Cup!
And finally, here’s a hilarious look at Mario Gomez looking unintentionally creepy at a children’s event.