Today In Appalling News

22 Aug


This is goalie Eiji Kawashima who plays for Belgian side Lierse S.K. and you’re about to be very angry on his behalf…

Eiji Kawashima taunted in Belgium
Associated Press

BRUSSELS — A Belgian soccer match was stopped temporarily Saturday after visiting fans taunted Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima over the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The referee halted the match between Lierse SK and Beerschot after some Beerschot supporters began chanting: “Kawashima-Fukushima.”

The match resumed after a delay of several minutes and ended in a 1-1 draw. Kawashima left the field in tears and said later he could forgive many insults, “but not this.”

The Japanese player said: “Using the drama of Fukushima in this manner is not at all funny.”

An earthquake and tsunami in March devastated large parts of Japan’s northeast coastline and left more than 20,000 people dead or missing. Another 100,000 people were evacuated because of radiation leakage from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Oh, they also threw things at him. What the ever lovin’ fuck?! Fans get more obnoxious by the day. I’m sure you all recall the recent incident of  Cologne ultras throwing cups of urine and feces at Schalke fans. Seriously, what are the football associations doing against these douchebags? Add to this the monkey chants/lasers at both the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou during the Supercopa and it just makes for a couple of weeks of beyond disgusting incidents.

IT’S A GAME, PEOPLE. I love it too, but it’s a game. You all need to get a fucking grip. Why does your common sense and basic human decency go out the window in such instances?! You’re all a bunch of fuckwits who shouldn’t be allowed in a stadium if you can’t behave in an appropriate manner. Mocking someone about a horrible tragedy, throwing bodily fluids (for fuck’s sake!), chanting racial slurs and using lasers to blind the opposing team’s players are the act of cowards who hide in a crowd to mask their petty smallness. You’re all repulsive. I don’t give a shit who you root for, if you act like this, you should be banned. Arseholes.

When I started reading the following article about the Barca-Real Madrid rivalry. I found myself thinking, rather shockingly, that Sandro Rosell is right. Things are getting very dangerous. I found myself nodding in agreement right up until I got to the part that I bolded. Then I started swearing again. I thought I ended up in some sort of bizzarro world when Mou had gone batshit (well, he actually did) and Rosell was making sense for a change. But not so much. Rosell calls for peace, but in the same breath, he refuses to take any responsibility for the brawl last week. I will not defend the actions of Marcelo and Mou because I found them appalling and frustrating but as I recall, Villa was in the original aggressor towards Ozil with Valdes and the ever-present-in-a-fight-because-it’s-one-of-the-rare-times-they-let-him-off-the-bench Pinto being right in there as well. Both teams got into it. Both teams need to take a step back and get their shit together. It’s never going to end if both teams don’t own up to their failings and admit their part in the idiocy.  Argh. Makes me want to hurl, quite frankly.

Barcelona and Real Madrid will end up killing each other if we are not careful – Sandro Rosell

The Catalan supremo claims the fierce rivals need to seek a solution in order to keep the peace, while revealing that the club will not seek punishment for Jose Mourinho

Aug 22, 2011 6:30:00 PM 
By Enis Koylu 
 
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has moved to cool the growing tensions between his club and fierce rivals Real Madrid, claiming somebody could end up seriously hurt if measures are not taken.

The clashes between the two sides have become ever more bad-tempered over the past year, culminating in a mass brawl in the Supercopa second leg between players and staff of both teams following a poor tackle on Barca’s Cesc Fabregas from Real full back Marcelo.

Rosell, however, has called on his club to improve the situation, while placing the blame with their Castilian rivals, stating: “Together, we need to lower the tension. If we are not sensible, we will end up killing each other in the street. The pictures say it all. It’s them who have the problem, not us. The pictures say it all and the authorities must decide whether to act or not.”

Meanwhile, the Barca president has said that Barca will not seek punishment for Real boss Jose Mourinho, who appeared to poke Pep Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye, saying: “He [Vilanova] was the first one who did not want to have any more trouble.”

The next clash between the two sides is scheduled to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu in mid-December.

Yeah. FYI, Sandro – the pictures do tell the story and they show some of your team in a less than positive light. So if the shit comes down from that will you finally admit that some of your players behaved in a less than angelic manner as well?  Fuck it. I may just go to a deserted island with no wi fi for the next Clasico. Anyone care to join me?

21 Responses to “Today In Appalling News”

  1. forzasusan August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    It is beyond ridiculous…makes it hard to enjoy the beautiful game…makes it very ugly.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      It does indeed. How can people act like this?! It’s reprehensible. How can they use loyalty to a sports team as an excuse?

  2. Maddi August 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    OMG that is SICK. What kind of “fans” would do that?!

    I kind of just skipped over the Rossell article. I’m living a Barcelona-free life from now until I feel like stopping…

    • GinaM August 23, 2011 at 12:35 am #

      hahah I am doing the same every time I see Barcelona or Xavi my brain seems to haze out LOL

  3. Jenny August 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I disagree with Rosell actually – but that’s simply a difference of opinion.

    I did notice that Barcelona have declined to report Mourinho – that has been confirmed today. I suspect that in addition to worrying that Villa and Valdes will be suspended if a counter-claim is made they are worried that if they give evidence, the “Mou poked a Barca coach in the eye” story will be revealed as false – since he didn’t poke anyone in the eye.

    The only photo of the incident is a lacking-in-depth-perception photograph of a television screen which shows the moment the man turned to Mou. That’s why it looks as though his eye is covered – it’s an illusion created by this very odd photograph’s lack of depth (which is why the fellow in the background looks photo-shopped in. Barca fans can’t show you a video of the event because all video shows the same thing – Mou pulling on the man’s earlobe.

    Pulling on earlobes is silly and childish – and only playful when you know the person you are doing it to. Poking fingers in eyes is dangerous. I’d rather my coach not be silly and childish, but I’ll take that over dangerous gestures any day of the week.

    Oh dear – I’ve written an essay (but I so ADORE a conspiracy theory!).

    On the question of these chants, I actually teared up. I am just SO GRATEFUL the officials stopped the match.

    And I am so grateful to this blog, because I feel this is the sort of thing that needs to be publicized. I hope the club is embarrassed and takes action. I am totally appalled. I can’t imagine how the poor fellow felt listening to that.

    I love this blog – and the commitment you show to bringing us news and the total comprehensiveness of it – well, it can’t be expressed enough – and it rarely is expressed, so forgive me for going on about it at length today. Stories like this remind me of the work you put into it and the thought that goes into everything. From finding us drools, to bringing us stories – I just love you all so much.

  4. gillianrosh August 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    “Fuck it. I may just go to a deserted island with no wi fi for the next Clasico. Anyone care to join me?”

    Can I come? I do not think I can cope with another clasico after the Supercopa.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

      Absolutely! We’ll sip mai tais and discuss the relative merits of various ‘baller arses. It will be bliss and there will be absolutely no mention of El Clasico.

      • maddy August 23, 2011 at 5:08 am #

        how about i provide the island! its not deserted but there are miles and miles of untouched coastline so you can each have your own private beach. and trust me, its as far away from international football as one can get.

      • gillianrosh August 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

        Count me in!

  5. maddy August 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    the fukushima taunts are the worst i have ever heard of in my entire life. I’m sure some of us here have either witnessed or been a victim of both natural and manmade disasters, for it to be ridiculed is UNFORGIVABLE. How do you even taunt or ridicule tragedy? If someone had taunted me about the 2004 tsunami, the 25 year civil war or the floods in pakistan last year, i would’ve ripped their tongue out and fed it to the dogs. Argh, my dad just started 😦 (lozil, i’m so dedicated a watishista, i’m reading your page with one eye still asleep head still sandwiched by pillows :-p ).

  6. maddy August 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    my day* just started

  7. lym_100 August 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Hey, I absolutely agree, fans need to chill there is no need to be mean. On a different note I read Sandro Rosell´s statement and it is full of controversy. I just dont get him!! ..He really confuses me.. it seems to me he wants madridistas to fire up even more while he claims he wants peace. These are few lines of the statement i noticed you didnt have above,
    ” El dirigente azulgrana considera que la opinión pública ya ha emitido su juicio sobre la acción de Mourinho en el Camp Nou contra el ayudante de Pep Guardiola.” (Barcelonas director considers that the public has an opinion and passed judgement over Mourinho´s accions at Camp Nou against Pep Guardiola´s asistant).
    on winning the SuperCopa”Prácticamente veníamos de la playa y le ganamos el título a un equipo que estaba mucho más preparado”. (We were practically coming back from the beach and we won the title from a team who was much more prepared)
    That last comment doesnt seem very seeking the peace to me, it looks like he wants to spite people in Madrid..

  8. emily August 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Sandro Rosell is as much of a total douche as any slurring hooligan.

  9. Allison August 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    And here in my neck of the woods, they’re shooting each other over ‘the other football.’ FFS

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ninerinsider/detail?entry_id=95915

  10. mygypsyspirit August 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I can’t even begin to describe the sick feeling I have about those taunts. I can’t imagine what goes through their minds to think this is okay.

    My best friend lost a friend to drug addiction. Are you going to taunt him about that?
    My roommate lost an uncle to cancer. Are you going to taunt her about that?
    I’ve been to war. Are you going to taunt me about that?

    I don’t understand where people like this get off! And what makes it worse, is that they would prove their cowardice if ever in front of the players they taunt. Because they would be begging for pictures or autographs just like everyone else.

    As for Rosell, you’re right. I thought I had stepped into an alternate universe for a moment. Then he says it’s on Madrid to fix it? No. Neither war nor peace is one-sided. Barcelona instigates and Real Madrid takes the bait. Real Madrid instigates and Barcelona takes the bait. It works both ways. He’s kind of like Xavi; the more he talks, the more he sounds like an idiot.

    I am going to say this about Marcelo, and I don’t know exactly how you feel about it. We only talked briefly about how Villa is a dirty word… 😉

    I am not defending Marcelo’s tackle. It was dangerous. And that late in the game it was, for lack of a better term, unnecessary. But even Fabregas said “tackles happen.” I don’t think Marcelo went into the tackle thinking “time to put the hurt on the new boy.”
    He deserved the red card. He knew he deserved the red card. He took it with very little protesting and began to walk away. In fact he’d made it to the bench by the time the Ozil/Valdes/Villa fight happened.

    But was the tackle appalling? I don’t think so. If the match had been against Osasuna or Atletico would he still have received a red card? Yes. Would fans and press still be talking about how horrible of a tackle it was? Probably not.

    But so is the nature of El Clasico I suppose.

    I dread the day that we all are sitting around thinking “Wow. Rosell warned us” and someone is seriously injured or worse.

  11. panama August 23, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I’ll join you on that island… I’m so sick of all the douchebaggery that is going on. The world is full of serious issues and yet, people create these completely unnecessary and ridiculous conflicts over what should be a game.

  12. maddy August 23, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    as for the fans in the bernabeu, camp nou, and the koln fans…YOU IDIOTS. do you not know how privileged you are???? what i wouldnt give to sit in a gorgeous stadium and watch top class european football.

  13. Conflictedinspain August 23, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    I’m coming with you because my heart can’t take it any more. And it’s taken my brain almost a week to stop thinking about it all! Makes me think I need a new hobby, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. I m convinced I’m going to be one of those 70 year old women you see in the crowd… Still watching after all those years!

  14. jellyace August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Ignorant, insensitive, idiotic. This is beyond racist. It is an outrage! Has not Japan suffered enough?

  15. Elisha August 23, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Absolutely fuming about the Kawashima incident. I can’t even put it into words, it makes my blood boil.

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