Red Card

Totti absolutely hoofs Balotelli, gets sent off for his trouble

How not to tackle

Over in beautiful Italy, Mario Balotelli is a rather controversial figure – a bit like Marmite/Ashley Cole, they either love him, or hate him. Although, in most cases, they seem to hate him. Even his own fans. It’s a shame really, because he looks like a great prospect.

Anyway, Totti – who may yet unretire himself for the World Cup - certainly made his feelings known in the great Marmite/Cole debate when Roma travelled to Inter. How? By ignoring the ball, and introducing Balotelli’s leg to his shooting kick. Ouch.  

8 responses so far
  • Emily // May 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    And yet we’re constantly told that Totti is an example to children. How does that work, exactly? Or is he being an example by kicking them? Showing his class as always.

  • Fuzzy Pin // May 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I think he got the ball, looked a harsh red to me…

    Bet you the whole Inter team called Totti up afterwards and thanked him for doing it.

  • realist // May 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    how sad and i thought he was a legend…good way to soil your good name. that was hard with no intention of claiming the ball you could hear it over the speaker…sad

  • randomsausage // May 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Ok…at the risk of coming across all trainspottery……..but didn’t Inter travel to Roma for this game?

    I like the simultaneous whack to the leg and knee to the arse. That was pure class.

  • joao // May 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    gee, get over it, guys who commented on this before me. It’s not like Zidane is less of a ball-control-legend due to headbutts, or Totti less of a passing-legend because of this.

  • ned flanders // May 7, 2010 at 3:28 am

    fuzzy pin is right.
    watch Maicon and Totti tap each other as Totti was walking off …which by the way was really cool. it looked like some hitman who just killed his mark, puts his gun down on the floor and walks away emotionlessly. if you could slomo that walk along with a power ballad, youd have movie gold. not good movie, Im talking Michael Bay stuff here.

    materazzi did the same thing to balotelli after the game where he threw his shirt.

    its gotta be pretty hard to be hated by opposing fans, your own fans, opposing players and your own teammates but balotelli has done a great job.

  • Emily // May 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Anyone who actually pays attention to Inter during the moments when the English press aren’t writing about them in SCANDALIZED ALL CAPS knows that Balotelli’s teammates don’t hate them, and also that Maicon is one of his closest friends on the team. Don’t let that get in the way of creating a hero narrative around a petulant jerk who’s always had problems controlling his temper and can’t handle his business around a teenager, though.

  • Bristol Bouy // May 9, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Totti is lucky; I was Barlotelli I will get up and head butt the sense back into him. What arrogance from Totti!

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