Friday, June 19, 2009

Recap: Silly Stupid Simulation

When I was growing up, my father always said:

"If you lie too often, a day comes when you tell the truth and you realize that you simply can't!"

From Algeria to Iraq, the football in the Arab world is notorious for diving and all other forms of simulation known and uninvented. This list includes time wasting and remonstrating as well.

My father's axiom could have been appropriate in this year's Confed Cup, because when Iraq were playing so well against the much-vaunted Spanish armada, Mohammed Gassid decided - or rather he didn't - to surprise everyone.

The cross came and header followed...suddenly Gassid is down clutching his face, when of course, the ball was nowhere near there...

The silly stunt was designed to frame Sergio Ramos. Well, he probably thought a red card for Ramos would have increased their chances of winning. Tough luck!