Another Loss, Another Visitor, Another Training & Another Group Of Fans Behaving Like Complete Arseholes

30 Jul

Satellite (5)So much going on, most of it annoying. Let’s start with something positive though. Cristiano trained alone at the Cotton Bowl yesterday. It’s always good to see him on the pitch. Hoping he’ll be back to 100% soon.

The mothership featured a video which showed him training in both LA & Dallas. Lots of muscle stretching close ups.

Then the team had a visitor at their hotel:

Francisco Cervelli, the New York Yankees catcher, met the Real Madrid first team
by Alberto Navarro (Dallas)

“I’m a big football fan and in another life I’d be a goalkeeper”, he said at the team’s hotel in Dallas.

Francisco Cervelli, who is in Dallas for the three match Major League Baseball series against Texas Rangers, visited Real Madrid at their hotel. “I’m a big football fan and in another life I’d be a goalkeeper”, said the New York Yankees catcher, who said hello to the team and coaching staff and received a signed shirt.

And then there was the frigging match. The drama started even before kick off.  Keita, who has a long standing feud with Pepe, refused to shake his hand in the pre-match line up and then whipped a bottle of water at his head. Pepe kept his temper in check but there was still a bit of a scuffle which was broken up by Iker and Xabi.

tumblr_n9j51vfRtk1rmsk02o2_500Apparently the fourth official said that Pepe spit at Keita during the scuffle, but there’s no footage of it and I’m not sure if it ended up in the match report. The feud goes back to a Clasico in 2011 when Keita claimed that Pepe racially abused him. What a mess.

Also a mess was the game. Real started out well but just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Satellite (11)Totti (who I love) scored in the 58th minute and that was that. We used 8 of our 11 available substitutions in the second half bringing in DLo, Arbeloa, Nacho, Diego Llorente, Medran, Sobrino, De Tomas and Mascarell so at least some of the babies got a workout.  Cristiano sat this one out and looked to be having a laugh with his teammates on the bench.

tumblr_n9i83tvlSn1qftb6ko2_500 tumblr_n9i83tvlSn1qftb6ko1_500There’s a whole lotta beard action going on with our team right now.  Sex Beard Revolution!

Can we please take a minute to talk about the selfish arseholes on the pitch last night? And by that, I don’t mean our well compensated superstars. I mean the idiot fans who think it’s their god given right to run onto the pitch and disrupt a match so they can get attention from their favorite players.  Thanks for making a match that many people paid a shit ton of money to attend all about you.

This guy ran onto the pitch with a Palestinian flag.

1406706622942_131I’m not going to get into the issues surrounding the conflict in Gaza. This is not the place for that discussion. I don’t condone pitch invasion for any reason, but at least he was trying to draw attention to a situation that is of great concern all over the world.   It wasn’t just for his own personal gratification…

…unlike this douche who just wanted a selfie with Isco.

hkovmwcrh5vsog2cmzsfSeriously, buddy, shame on you. And Isco, don’t encourage him by smiling. I’m disappointed that the players signed and posed with the invaders. This just happened earlier in the week with Mario Balotelli. It’s not a good idea as it sets a dangerous precedent. But on the other hand, they’d be slated if they refused.

Last year, many of us felt the security was ridiculously lax at the ICC as the final in Miami was marred by pitch invaders.  During that match,  there was the famous incident where Cris hugged a kid and later even wrote a letter to get him out of trouble.  At the time, we questioned whether teams would even want to return if security was so loose.  If we thought the security was shite then, last night’s match blew that idea right out of the water. I was watching the game live and my jaw dropped. I counted at least 20 people on the pitch, which Deadspin later confirmed. They just kept climbing out of the stands and going for it when they saw that security was doing next to nothing to stop them. It was ridiculous. If I were one of the players, I would walked off the pitch because it was pretty obvious that safety wasn’t a big concern.

And the fans in the stands encouraged it by cheering. I just can’t wrap my head around that.  Why reward them with even more attention?

You buy a ticket to a game. That entitles you to watch the game. It doesn’t entitle you to jump onto the pitch, disrupt the match, chat with/ask for a photo or autograph/bear hug one of your idols. It takes all the choice out of their hands as well. They are there to do their job, which entails running around, kicking a ball and trying to win the game. They have no obligation to entertain you on a one to one basis, nor do you have the right to force them to do so. If they don’t smile and oblige, they’re portrayed as snobbish dicks which is very unfair.

If I was in the middle of my work day and someone ran at me out of nowhere, jumped on me, flashed a camera in my face, etc. I would find it extremely hard to be gracious. Also, people, IT’S SCARY. Many of you may be too young to remember (or it may be a bit fuzzy with time), but Monica Seles was stabbed on the tennis court by a crazed fan of her rival Steffi Graf.

If you don’t think that this is something that goes through professional athletes’ minds when shit like this goes down, you are mistaken.

Think I’m being over  dramatic? Well, just last week a friendly between Lille and Maccabi Haifa had to be abandoned when Palestine supporting protesters attacked the players from the Israeli side on the pitch. That was just the most recent incident. It happens all over Europe & South America on a regular basis.

Think it can’t happen here in the US? Well, I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes (and forzasusan can vouch for this).

I was at Red Bulls Arena during a Roma – El Salvador match a couple of years ago when a fan of the latter took to the pitch and tried to have a go at his own team’s goalkeeper. One of the arena staff members that we see all the time (a very large gentleman who doesn’t look like he could walk, much less run), took off like a flash and tazered the dude while everyone else basically sat around watching. (That match was insane by the way – people were getting taken out for fights even before the game even started). At least he did something.

I do realize there was a ton of invaders and staff was stretched trying to deal with them, but after last year, there should have been even more security measures in place.

The Dallas Observer had a quote from one of the security guards at the Cotton Bowl:

After the game, which included five minutes of overtime, a security guard found the situation funny in retrospect, saying there was no way he could have caught up with the sprinters.

“The boss came out after the game and was like, ‘You let all those kids come down?'” He laughed. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m 54, they’re 18. What do you expect?'”

Gee, that is so reassuring. I love his commitment to his work. If you are physically unable to chase down people and keep the pitch secure which is your job description then maybe they need to find someone else to do it. This attitude is just bullshit.

From the same article, I also love how the Dallas Observer decided that the fans invaded the pitch, not because they were selfish entitled dicks, but because they were bored by the match. Ooooookay.

All in all, it took 10 minutes to clear this nonsense up. The break did give the players time to hydrate, which is good given the heat, but it also broke up the flow of the game. No matter the extra 5 minutes added, we still lost and are now out of the title defense for the ICC.

We’ve really got nothing to play for except pride on Saturday so let’s hope we see a decent match and that security does their job. I know in the past we’ve joked about running onto the pitch and tackling the hot guys but let’s be real, I wouldn’t do it even if you paid me. I’m there because I want to watch the damn game. That’s my passion. Now if Xabi showed up in front of my seat and said “Lozil, I think it would be just lovely if we photographed our feet together overlooking the pitch so I can post it on Twitter” I would be a monster to refuse. But I wouldn’t dream of forcing the moment.

Bottom line: Players are people too. We don’t own them. They don’t owe us anything but to play their hearts out for our team (for which they are well paid, admittedly). We should not touch them without their express permission. It’s okay to ask for the hug, the autograph, the photo (politely) at an appropriate time. It is also their right to say no and we should respect that. We also should not interrupt their work, make them feel unsafe and uncomfortable as well as taking all the choice of encountering a fan out of their hands.

A fan may feel like “THIS IS MY ONE CHANCE TO MEET PLAYER X!” And that may be true, but it still doesn’t give them the right to  force themselves on a player (and in this case, 67,000+ observers). Is this really how you want said player to remember you? As the person who fucked up their match? Or do you just not care as long as you got your selfie so you can show your buds on Instagram? (“WHOOOOO! LOOK AT ME BEING A TOTAL DICK!”) Put yourself in the players’ place for a second. Do you honestly think that they found that experience enjoyable and welcomed the interruption? Doubtful.

TL; DR. In a nutshell, stay off the fucking pitch unless it’s your paid job to be on it. Merci.

There were some post match interviews (all from RealMadrid.c0m)

Satellite (10)Ancelotti: “The side were solid and played quickly”
by Alberto Navarro (Dallas)

“We’re still missing a lot of players, but everyone’s ready to play the Supercup”, said the Real Madrid coach.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the side’s second pre-season game against Roma: “The side played aesthetically, looking to use the ball from the wings and playing well. We aren’t happy with the result, but the side tried their best. Everything apart from the game’s result was good. The side were solid, with some solid offensive play. The control of the game was good”.

“We’re missing a lot of players, some are back on 1 August and also 5 August. They’re all ready to play the Supercup. With a week’s worth of training you can use all of the players for the game. We haven’t has injuries, which is the most important thing. Everyone has worked on, and improved their physical condition. Those who have arrived late played a game without problems”.

Transfer market
“We have to think about the players who are at Real Madrid at the moment. The market closes on 31 August and a lot of things could still happen, but we have to think about what we have”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“He did a double session today and is working well on his own. We will see in the next few days if he can train with the side and play against Manchester. We have to be careful, and right now this calls for calm”.

Arbeloa and Raul De Tomas weighed in.

Satellite (9)Arbeloa: “The important thing is to play some minutes and improve”
by Alberto Navarro (Dallas)

“It’s a privilege to play in the first team”, added Raúl de Tomás.

The second pre-season game in which Real Madrid could not over come their rival, this time Roma, at the Dallas Cotton Bowl. Despite the result, Arbeloa was satisfied with the Whites work: “The side gave their all and the youngsters were good. The important thing is to play some minutes and improve. We have to think about Saturday’s game. They are days to get ready and to get into form and a rhythm in order to improve”.

“After the World Cup there’s been a lot of absentees, but the players are returning. We are happy and working well. It is a good pre-season despite the results”.

“We are missing important players, we have to carry on working and adapting, and we will improve as we look to find our best version. We have spent a while doing this and we know at the start it’s always difficult”.

James and Kroos
“They’re two players known all over the world, two great signings who will improve the side in positions where we also have great players, because we have a very competitive squad”.

Real Madrid’s goalkeeper
“We’ve got two great keepers and if another came it would be fine. Diego López was the starter last year, and he doesn’t need to be nervous. He’s a great goalkeeper who has a contract with Real Madrid and he should be relaxed. He’s never been scared to fight for his place, just like Iker”.

“They should both be relaxed. They’re great players who can play in any team in the world. We have two top keepers and Jesús, who showed his worth the other day”.
“The academy lads are doing a great job.”

“Every season I try to help the side. Hopefully we can win collective titles. My objective is to help Real Madrid, which is what I’ve always wanted”.

De Tomás: “A privilege”
“I’m happy because it’s a privilege to be with the first team and play with them on the pitch. The result wasn’t ideal, but I’m starting and that’s the important thing”.

“The boss told me that as always, you have to go little by little and carry on working. You’re never going to be the finished article from the off. I’m working well and we’re starting, and it’s a long journey”.

And Nacho’s contract has been renewed.

NachoNacho: “Renewing for another six years is another dream come true”

“This is my home and I’m happy here. I’m delighted to be wearing this shirt”, said the Real Madrid defender.

Nacho is a club player. His involvement and the pride with which he speaks of his six-year renewal with the team he grew up with are proof of that: “Being able to renew with Real Madrid for another six years is another dream come true. This has been my home since I was young and I’m happy here. I hope everything goes even better than it has so far”.

“The club and I have an excellent relationship. I’m very happy here. My family are Madrid fans and I have been since I was young. I’m trying to live it as a dream. The relationship has always been very good and I’m delighted to be able to play here and wear this shirt. Now I want to demonstrate it on the pitch”.

The unforgettable memory of the Décima
“We won the coveted Décima that we Madrid fans were hoping for. It was another dream among those I have had with Real Madrid. Another would be my debut with Spain, which was very important in my career. And of course being able to play against my brother in the Santiago Bernabéu. It was a special day for me and my family that will be etched in our memory forever”.

Six titles in an exciting season
“We’re approaching the next season with a great deal of excitement. We can’t wait to get started. In addition, in a few days we have the European Super Cup. We are facing a difficult year because last year it got tricky, but we have the desire because Madrid fans want to win a lot more titles”.

“I have to battle it out with the best three centre-backs in the world.”

“It’s going to be an important year for me too. I have to keep working to play as many games as possible. I’m just another member of the squad and I’m not the academy player who’s just arrived any more. I have to battle it out with three of the best centre-backs in the world and I have to fight”.

His captaincy against Inter Milan
“It was amazing for me. I had already been captain in the lower ranks and for Real Madrid Castilla. Being able to do so for the first team is very special”

Kroos and James
“They are two great players, who fit perfectly into the idea of the club and the team. I have the luck, or the bad luck, of having played against Kroos in the lower ranks with Germany and he is a spectacular player with great individual ability. James had a brilliant World Cup and he amazed us all. I hope that he continues to progress at Real Madrid and helps to win titles”.

Zidane’s Castilla
“I have had some great times at Real Madrid Castilla. All I can say to them is that they have to aim for the top in order to go back up. They are a great team and they have demonstrated that for many years. Let’s hope that things go really well with Zidane”.

Message for Madrid fans
“I’d like to congratulation you because you deserve the Décima as much as we do. We want you to support us as you do every year. We are really excited and together we have to go out and get those titles”.

The team trained today at the Cotton Bowl, scene of last night’s fuckery, before taking off for Ann Arbor. Cris trained alone again.

Oh and the mothership had a “Behind the Scenes” with Sergio as he was playing his first match since winning La Decima.

And on that note, I’m ending this very long post. Heading off to meet watishista Mandi for the Liverpool – Manchester City match at Yankees Stadium. Here’s hoping there’s 100% less pitch invaders tonight. Honestly, would you run onto the pitch if Skrtel was there giving you the hairy eyeball? I wouldn’t!

– Lozil

18 Responses to “Another Loss, Another Visitor, Another Training & Another Group Of Fans Behaving Like Complete Arseholes”

  1. dendrobiem July 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    A couple of folks have called in to Counter Attack today talking about being at the Cotton Bowl last night. One guy said that he saw a PARENT actually put his 6 year old child over the barrier to run onto the field. o-O smh Who does this?!! The synopsis of the situation is that these people want hits on YouTube because that one guy got 2 million hits last time, the other guy got a selfie…… errrrrrggghhh shameful behavior all around. Thanks for making all of America look like out of control fame-obsessed buffoons, you turds…
    America is taking some serious footie hits these last few weeks. Thank you, Ann Coulter for your ignorant rant and Chloe at Manchester Evening News for this equally ignorant rant: What is going on HERE?! Do any pundits and/or journalists actually do any research anymore before they open their pieholes?!
    The world mocks us because they see this ignorance being the reality, with no rebuttal. It makes me so angry because I know what kind of fan I am. I am a born Red Sox fan. I know great pain and I know great joy because of them. I am also a Real Madrid fan, by choice, and they also bring these emotions out of me. I laugh and I cry for these teams. I adore all of the sports that I have followed all of my life and there are many more like-.minded people out here, who do respect the game and the people who play it and want to see it be respected for it’s intrinsic value, not for the worn out cliches of bygone days.

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 31, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      It’s ridiculoto think that people would encourage that behavior in their kids but since I had this knee surgery, believe me, I’ve learned how truly thoughtless and selfish people can be. Commuting in NYC when you can’t walk very well is a big eye opener. People can be real douchebags. So I really shouldn’t be surprised that someone put their 6 year old onto the pitch.

      Holy crap, that Manchester article is so poorly written and researched. And yeah, America is the only country in the world with bandwagon sports fans. Oy.

      I cracked up about her being aghast that after a national team was eliminated from the World Cup that people would root for another team. MOST PEOPLE DO THAT. I mean, I was sad when the US went out, but I didn’t stop watching the World Cup,FFS! And I’m guessing that England fans didn’t either. Most national teams feature people from our club teams so we’re going to favorites and preferences, etc. Part of the fun of World Cup is that it’s a blissful month long orgy of football. You fall in love with new players and teams all throughout. Who knew we’d all be so enamored by Costa Rica? That James would steal our hearts? That Timmy Howard would set a goal keeping record and be even more awesome than we thought? If we’d stopped watching after some of our teams were eliminated we would have missed so much. So yeah, she’s a moron and A** Cou**er? I swear she must be a performance artist and having a laugh because no one can be that thoroughlly horrible for real. Also, she might be happier if she ate a carbohydrate now and then. Works for me.

    • mygypsyspirit July 31, 2014 at 12:57 am #

      I haven’t opened the Manchester article yet, because my work computer is having issues opening it and I don’t know why. But as for Ann Coulter, an Arsenal supporting friend of mine put it best when she said that Ann Coulter is a caricature. She doesn’t even believe half the bullshit that she spews. She says it for the attention. To remain “relevant.”

    • jellyace August 1, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Was that article written by a 12-year old?

  2. CinematiqueChic July 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I know there was a lot of way more serious stuff covered in this post but I just have to say – Nacho is competing hard for best sexbeard in the next watishista awards.

  3. Kristin July 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I was in the section right behind the Madrid bench…let me tell you there were several guards and police officers trying to keep fans in check and I was seriously annoyed because I spent A LOT of my hard earned money for those seats…I started yelling at folks that thought it was a joke to not listen to security, everyone was trying to get pics of Cristiano (who seemed to be in good spirits he would bob his head, sing along to the songs, and turned around a few times to acknowledge fans). My sister and I got sick of the madness and ended up leaving just minutes before the pitch invasions, if I was there during that I think I would’ve blown my top! I’m now thinking the only way to stop this garbage is to come down hard on these people…serious fines, jail time, charges, etc…I’m hoping the match in Ann Arbor doesn’t get out of hand, I’ve been saving a lot for this trip and would hate for it to be ruined by morons

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

      OMG. I would have lost my shit if people were doing that right in front of me. Tickets have been ridiculously expensive. I went to Liverpool – Man City tonight (no pitch invasions! It can be done!) and I was getting so pissed at people coming from other parts of the section or other areas of the stadium and standing in the aisles in front of me blocking the pitch. I recently had knee surgery so I can’t stand. We were right down in front and I was on the aisle so I should have had a perfect view of the pitch. I didn’t pay almost three figures to stare at someone’s ass, you know? Especially someone who didn’t pay that same amount of money for a ticket. I spent a lot of time yelling at people to get the hell out of my way so I could see. I’m, erm, not a passive watcher especially when I’m paying a lot of money, so I’m feeling you. I did pay over three figures for my Ann Arbor ticket so I’m warning anyone in advance that I am cranky and armed (with a cane). 😉

      The Michigan folks seem pretty organized and that stadium is MASSIVE (108K, I believe) so I think they’ll be on top of this stuff.

      • mygypsyspirit July 31, 2014 at 1:01 am #

        I can’t remember if I said this to you or just thought it, but at the Arsenal match that guy was not the worst fan I’ve seen. Philly fans were SO bad. Fucking entitlement man….

        Also, Michigan Stadium is just above 109k 😉

      • realmadridlookbook July 31, 2014 at 9:14 am #

        I agree 100%, And yes, I spent way more than I care to admit on this trip, I really hope no one pulls any stupid stunts. But I’ve heard from my cousin that its completely normal for everyone to be standing during football games at Michigan stadium and to only sit during halftime. I really hope thats not the case for us since the crowd will be from out of town because of your knee and I’m pretty positive I’m too short for that.

  4. Alice July 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    THANK YOU! I felt the same exact way about the pitch invaders while watching the game last night. I thought I was the only one who was seriously annoyed. The crowd kept cheering everytime a kid ran on to the pitch and away from security and the commentators were having a laugh. After this happening 2 years in a row, I’m sure RM is going to question coming back and that ruins it for ALL fans.

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

      I was absolutely furious. But those selfish brats don’t care if Real Madrid comes back or not – they got what they wanted. 20 seconds of fame and a brief encounter with a player who may have been polite on the surface but undoubtedly wanted to wring their necks.

      It’s just too much. 😦

  5. Charliechaz July 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Co-sign on the rant about pitch-invaders. From the ridiculous to the entitled to the dangerous.

    However I cannot recall there ever being ‘invaders’ during NBA or NFL or MLB or NHL games….university games yes (essentially drunken frat antics). I am not sure if this doesn’t happen b/c of security or because American athletes would likely beat the shit out of a fan who gets in their face during game time. Ya’ll remember a few years back when the Golden Star Warriors fought their own fans during a game – not that I condone that behavior, but it does prevent people from wanting to get too close.

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      I would pay cash money to watch fans attempt to “pitch invade” a hockey game, that would be pretty freaking hilarious. What with the ice and the fistfights. XD In the US, you’ll have the occasional streaker but it’s not usually about tackling the players.

      There’s a few posts here under the “Fans behaving badly” tag about idiots doing stuff like this. One of the most harrowing was when AEK won the Greek Cup over Atromitos, some of their fans decided it was an awesome idea to celebrate by going to the VIP stands where the families/friends of the Atromitos players were sitting and attack them. Their wives, kids, parents, etc. The players ran off the pitch to protect their families and were brawling with the AEK fans before riot police came along. It boggles the mind.

  6. Katie Ann July 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I was at City-Liverpool last night and there was quite an NYPD presence. I didn’t see any bad behavior, and no one tried to invade the pitch, but I kind of wondered if they’d upped security a bit after what happened at the Madrid match. I mean, I don’t know what a normal amount of security looks like; it just struck me as very… overt.

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      You were there? So were me and Mandi!

      The security seemed fairly normal to me for Yankees Stadium. In the last week or so we’ve had increased police all over the city. There was some sort of incident around Yankees Stadium on Saturday night so I think that’s why there were slightly more cops than usual.

      • Katie Ann August 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

        I sure was! I adore those City boys. I had seats right down front, too, so I was in fangirl heaven. All my pics are on my blog. It was a ton of fun.

        Wish I was going to Michigan, but alas. Next stop for me is Miami and the final!


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