Uncharacteristically I couldn’t find anything to moan at last weekend, which is why the Monday Moaner wasn’t moaning. This weekend has provided me with something all too easy to moan about though…cheating. Call it what you want, simulation, gamesmanship, an intense desire to be the victor. It’s all cheating when it boils down to it.
Nani. In the right frame of mind he’s a tricky winger for any full back, and Paul Konchesky found that out yesterday. Konchesky also found out, if he didn’t already know, that Nani is a cheat. Why he feels the need to spoil a good performance with his incessant, cringe-worthy play acting is beyond me. On several occasions yesterday he went down like he’d been shot. Rolling around on the floor in agony after the slightest of touches from an opponent. And there’s only one reason why he’s doing it. To try and con the officials into booking the player that ‘fouled’ him.
El Hadji Diouf. Floats like a butterfly, spits like a llama. For those who are unaware he played a big role in Blackburn’s goal against Fulham on Saturday. Not through skill or finishing ability or creative play, through cheating. As Blackburn pumped a long ball into Fulham’s crowded box, Diouf (not even facing the ball) ran directly towards Mark Schwarzer and barged him over. This meant Samba’s tame flick ended up pea-rolling into the net. What’s worse is he tried the same trick earlier on in the game. His sheer arrogance in not even trying to conceal the foul is what winds me up.
There were a couple of handball incidents over the weekend that were rather blatant acts of cheating also. Though I hold no malice towards Mark Schwarzer, he did clearly interfere with the flight of the ball whilst well out of his area, possibly saving his side a goal.
Probably a less obvious spot was Paul Konchesky trying to stop Berbatov’s first goal on Sunday with his hand. He made contact with the ball using his hand whilst stood on the line, though couldn’t keep it out. Again, I’ve no malice toward Konchesky but had he managed to stop the ball going in it would have been a penalty and a straight red card. Just because he didn’t stop the goal, it doesn’t change his intention.
I’ll let Schwarzer and Konchesky off as they’re actions were pretty out of character, though Nani and Diouf are serial offenders and are on my blacklist.
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