Smooth Criminals

Real Madrid Two get sent off ON PURPOSE!

“Ramos needs to get sent off, pass it on…”

Ramos sending off

(Image via Marca)

With Real Madrid already through to the knockout stages, it seems that Alonso and Ramos thought it wise to avoid missing any of the more trying matches by accidentally-on-purpose taking ages over free kicks to nab a second yellow of the match each. You can see them dicking around after the jump.

More importantly, is this cheating? It does feel rather naughty.

14 responses so far
  • fourstar // November 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Yes, of course it’s cheating – it’s gaming the rules (in this case of the tournament, not the match) to gain an advantage.

    If they had any balls, UEFA would announce an immediate investigation into the two yellow cards, pending the results of which the players are free to play in the next match.

    Then, after the group stage is complete, they can suddenly announce that the yellows are to stand after all, and that the two players must miss the next game, which happens to be the first knockout game.

    That should show the cheating spics :)

  • jon // November 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    cheating? who did they cheat, ajax, by giving them a 2 man advantage? broke no rules and teams do this all the time, just jose did it with 2 guys in 1 game. Dont know how he walks around with balls so big.

  • fourstar // November 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    A two man advantage in the last minute of the game at 4-0 down is not really a massive help, is it jon?

    There’s a law of the game about Unsporting Behaviour, and this is it.

  • G // November 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    They broke absolutely no rules. They were fully aware of the consequences, and Mourinho is just getting a tactical advantage for the later rounds. I think that it was ingenious actually, and especially that they did it without committing poor fouls. They are two of my favorite players and this little bit of cheek made them even more so.

  • fourstar // November 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Nobody said they broke any rules but they did ‘game’ the system and when people do that, what usually happens is that the authorities change the system (unless the authority is the toothless drones at UEFA in which case nothing will actually happen).

  • Captain Obvious // November 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Mou for El Presidente!

  • G // November 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t see how anything is being cheated though. Those are the rules of the system, and I’m sure whoever created it realized that this could happen. Why does it matter that they choose when they are suspended? That is one of the perks of winning your group (a difficult one, no less) quite handily.

  • fourstar // November 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    You are entitled to your opinion, but I just don’t think that getting yourself *deliberately* booked to manipulate a tournament rule is within the spirit of the game.

  • venga malaga // November 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    cheating? no
    naughty? yep
    clever? certainly
    important? not a bit
    happens all the time – remember beckham doing it?
    fourstar – ‘spirit of the game’ really? are you a hundred years old? or maybe an amateur croquet player?
    Mou is so cool he gives me a man-crush!

  • fourstar // November 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    @venga malaga: You see, that’s why I’m right. Win at all costs? You can keep it. There has to be some kind of ‘sporting’ element to the game, otherwise it’s just ‘business’. And you lot are therefore just ‘customers’. Happy consuming, suckers…

  • nim // November 25, 2010 at 4:42 am

    even marca thought it was wrong for the team to do this, and they are a Madrid paper

  • goldengirlsk // November 25, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Clever, brilliant actually.
    The players didnt have much of a choice in the whole situation though. Once Mou tells them to do something they have to do it otherwise they may not play for awhile (like Pedro Leon) rather than just missing 1 game, in this case

  • James // November 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Cheating is bribing officials to eliminate English clubs from the competition. Like Anderlecht did to eliminate Forest and another club to another English club not so long ago… oops.

  • Mr. Chopper // November 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    And thus, with the power of hindsight, CHARGED AS GUILTY.

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