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Disgraceful

paul scholes reaches soccer ball uefa super cup 2008 nc2 Disgraceful

Does this need any explanation other than my utter disappointment in the fact that just a few short weeks ago I extolled the virtues of English Footballers for playing a  more honest game than their counterparts from other parts of the planet? I’ve seen cheeky, over the line plays like this before, but not since Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal in 1986 against England or maybe since the blatant dive by Ronald Fonseca to draw a penalty kick for Costa Rica against the US late in stoppage time of a World Cup qualifier eight years ago have I seen anything so shameful in the waning moments of a big match.

Zenit fully deserve their trophy for some fine play today despite being in the middle of a rough domestic campaign in Russia. But for me the everlasting image of this year’s European Super Cup will be this moment, frozen in time with the above image and all it represents. For a club whose supporters have made a meal out of calling former and current Chelsea players Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba”cheats” this certainly must sting right at the heart. Or is it fair play be damned, so long as United wins?


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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