Is it ever acceptable to cry during football? Should Carragher have gone?

The horror! The horror!

Spoiler HQ is full of modern men. We know our Balenciaga from our Bottega Veneta, enjoy the odd manicure and not a Wednesday afternoon goes by without us sit around on bean bags discussing our feelings and having a good cry.

Now, that’s fine in the comfort of our 45th floor minimalist office with panoramic views all over London, but is it ever okay to cry because you’re hurt on a football pitch?

This is just one of literally loads questions that have arisen from a great Sunday of football…

The Spoiler is going to stick its head above the parapet and say that Carragher should definitely have been sent off for a tackle in which he manages to miss the ball by a greater distance than Dirk Kuyt scored his three goals from.

There’s a rather horrific looking picture of Nani’s injury doing the rounds, but it’s still pretty inexcusable to get up, run to the ref, fall on the floor crying and then act like a spoilt little brat when a St John Ambulance volunteer tries to help you out, isn’t it?

Liverpool were by far the better team and thoroughly deserved the win, Luiz Suarez looks bloody tidy, while the players sitting on United’s bench (which included O’Shea, Fletcher, Gibson and Obertan) looked bloody dire.

Oh, and Rafael put in a pretty dreadful tackle, too.

United are still top of the league but Arsenal can pull level if they win their game in hand, while Chelsea will only be six behind if they get two wins in their two games in hand.

Oh! And there was a great game at Molineux as Wolves drew 3-3 with Spurs. There’s now only six points separating Newcastle in ninth and Birmingham in the relegation zone.

The standard may not be as good as it has been, but it’s pretty bloody interesting, no? Let us know what you think below…

18 responses so far
  • Kiran // March 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

    The author says is crying accepeted??
    wat does carragher do if u cut his leg & leave him on field he too cries.. wat does the author do if u cut his penis, he too will cry… First understand the injury, pain caused coz of that & speak…

  • phil // March 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    The Kiran says accepeted?

  • JJ // March 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    It sure looks bad to get tackled, roll around on the floor, get up, walk to the the ref´s face only to complaint and to fall down again.
    That said it was an horrendous tackle, worthy of two red cards and I fully understand Nani´s crying and frustration. Carra is a classless butcher.

  • philb // March 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Nani’s been a ponce for a while now , cheating and bluffing his way through games. Yesterday he got a whack and made a meal out of it, he needs to get a grip, it was pathetic stuff. Utd should be a shamed of him

  • mudbum // March 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    erm…dismembered penises are relevant to this how?

  • bread // March 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I think dismembered penises are highly relevant.
    This debate has just been taken to a much higher level.
    Nani is an spoilt, prima donna. And an idiot. Carra’s tackle was pretty horrendous.

  • gaptooth // March 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    i think everyone is unanimous in our agreement that it was a horror challange that deserved a red , no one should argue that

    but regarding the injury and the crying

    its a mere flesh wound that will heal in weeks ,
    i got something similar when i was 8yrs old at our local swimming pool and i didnt shed a tear
    not one drop

    in rugby , you see injuries like that in EVERY single game , often to facial areas – no tears in site.

    the reason i think its unacceptable is because it shows pure weakness in the face of your biggest enemy.

    sport is about conflict , its about battle , its about showing no fear and not giving your opponent an inch metaphorically and physically speaking. that is the true essence of sport – from roman times up to present day .

    By crying you show the opponent that you are beaten, they have won the duel and you have lost.

    at world cup finals you often see beaten finalist on the floor cying their eyes out – you rarely ever see these same men doing this in the build up or in the anthems .

    if i was nani , i would have done my crying after , in the changing rooms , behind the scenes .
    had he put up a face of steel , in a scarface “i take your bullets” moment, it could have helped ManU find their resolve, by showing that even the worst challenge cant hurt him, but instead he wept. and they lost the battle

  • Nic // March 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I know it’s hard to tell them apart but wasn’t it Rafael with the horrible tackle?

  • Richard Anderson // March 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    A Spotters Badge goes to Nic for spotting my 100% deliberate mistake. Well done!


  • Nic // March 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hey I can only tell them apart because Rafael is always yelling at people and Fabio scores goals…

  • Richard Anderson // March 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    This MIGHT be a fun game for you, Nic…

    And I appreciate you not alluding to cutting my penis like ol’ Kiran…

  • bread // March 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    But Kiran makes an important point.

  • Rob // March 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I was crying trying to understand Kiran’s grammar

  • ellin // March 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    as a Liverpool fan, i wouldn’t have complained if Carra had been sent off, some refs would’ve given a red, and some wouldn’t. This whole thing with it being down to the bone, there isn’t a whole lot between the skin and the bone so it’s quite easy to do. And saying that it could’ve broken his leg is pointless because it didn’t, that’s up there with Hoddles’ ‘ if that was on target, it could’ve been a goal.’ could’s and should’s are irrelevant.

  • shay // March 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    If you rip a hole in the leg of your opponent you probably should be sent off. In this case I am not sure if would have made any difference anyway.

  • elcynico // March 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

  • Seth // March 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

    despicable. never really liked Nani. i always thought he viewed himself as the second coming of CR7 to ManU. They certainly dive and throw themselves about similarly. sure, carragher’s tackle was horrible, but come on. standing up, walking to the ref, point at your shin and then falling over and flailing your legs in the air like you’ve been shot? give me a break. nani, what a classless joke.

  • Coolface // March 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Poor old Nani wasn’t having a good day. In the space of ten minutes, he had blown United’s chances against their biggest rivals and then he got kicked really hard by Jamie Carragher.

    Shouldn’t have cried though.

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