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Palacios Was Disgraceful, So Is The Press

Wilson Palacios' two-footed, studs-first, knee-high lunge on Cristiano Ronaldo was totally disgraceful. So what is the press talking about? A penalty decision which was essentially correct.

The wise old pundits, especially those on MOTD, agree that Webb made a 'terrible decision' - but they are not talking about the truly terrible one, his decision not to send off Palacios. His lunge warranted a straight red: it was more than reckless, he was endangering Ronaldo's whole career. It was no better than Martin Taylor's tackle, indeed, I believe it was worse, what with two feet off the ground.

It was little more than an assault, an attempt at grievous body harm. Yet there's deafening silence about it in the papers, there's no talk about a ban - he might escape it totally!

Some say that after all, he did not make contact with Ronaldo. Well, does that make it a lesser offence? I don't think so. It wasn't by Palacios' design that he did not maim Ronaldo - our very own Portuguese was quick and agile enough to jump out of harm's way. A less quick, more static player like Carrick, for instance, could have been destroyed there.

The decision not to send him off could have changed the game, indeed, when Spurs were 2-0 up it looked like it did. Credit to United that they weren't deflated by such a terrible refereeing decision and by conceding two goals in quick succession. The gentlemen of Fleet Street, however, should be a bit more balanced in their reporting - there was a horrible media campaign against Taylor yet there's barely a word about Palacios, only because Ronaldo jumped out of the way and because it was done to a Manchester United player, and more precisely, done to Ronaldo. Imagine someone attempting such a lunge on Steven Gerrard - he'd be thrown out of the country within days.

Oh, and I should mention that there's barely a word about Mascherano's dive and Lucas' handball in the Liverpool game, despite both incidents leading to goals. Balanced reporting, in England? Dream on.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 26 2009

Time: 2:53PM

Your Comments

wow...i didn't see the liverpool game...but we all know that it is always unbalanced reporting.....they press needed to create someone to hate....they found their scapegoat ronaldo....and normally the dominant team is the tem attacked the most... i think we should do what sir alex and the players do just ignore the press and focus on the actual result.... it was a good performance and more than a deserved result and that's that
ibrahiy
wow...i didn't see the liverpool game...but we all know that it is always unbalanced reporting.....they press needed to create someone to hate....they found their scapegoat ronaldo....and normally the dominant team is the tem attacked the most... i think we should do what sir alex and the players do just ignore the press and focus on the actual result.... it was a good performance and more than a deserved result and that's that
ibrahiy
i thought united were extremly impressive in the second half(despite the undeserved penality)and deserved to win the game and i had a lot of respect for you after your performance last night. But i have lost all of it now. you guys are the most biased fans in the league.you certainly are never humble. if spurs would have won the same way, i would have said,"hard luck but we deserved it".But you guys have absolutely no class what so ever. you do get a lot of undeserved decisions at old trafford.Your manager is no different than than fans, completly in his own world and only gives interviews when you guys win.
Yid_from_India
i thought united were extremly impressive in the second half(despite the undeserved penality)and deserved to win the game and i had a lot of respect for you after your performance last night. But i have lost all of it now. you guys are the most biased fans in the league.you certainly are never humble. if spurs would have won the same way, i would have said,"hard luck but we deserved it".But you guys have absolutely no class what so ever. you do get a lot of undeserved decisions at old trafford.Your manager is no different than than fans, completly in his own world and only gives interviews when you guys win.
Yid_from_India
Listen, Yid from India, just because you would've been gracious in defeat doesn't make the entire Spurs fandom humble! Spurs fans are definitely not a humble lot and they are bitter as they are twisted. Secondly, how does your comment relate to the article!? Palacios' tackle was dangerous as any I've ever seen and he wasn't even awarded a YELLOW CARD! No one even REMEMBERS that tackle because we got a penalty at OT! We have been awarded TWO, JUST TWO penalties all season but of course thats even 1000 times way too much for some of you! It is truly despicable that we're even still on this topic but we're in a country run by the press so thats what happens!
ForeverUnited
Listen, Yid from India, just because you would've been gracious in defeat doesn't make the entire Spurs fandom humble! Spurs fans are definitely not a humble lot and they are bitter as they are twisted. Secondly, how does your comment relate to the article!? Palacios' tackle was dangerous as any I've ever seen and he wasn't even awarded a YELLOW CARD! No one even REMEMBERS that tackle because we got a penalty at OT! We have been awarded TWO, JUST TWO penalties all season but of course thats even 1000 times way too much for some of you! It is truly despicable that we're even still on this topic but we're in a country run by the press so thats what happens!
ForeverUnited
completely agree with forever united.....the stats are there to show we don't get an advantage...and that the other teams from the top 4 have gotten more favorable calls than us....but the press wouldn't highlight that b/c we are the champs so we have to be the arrogant bad ones who get luck all the time and even bribe refs... if you read our comments on here you realize we are also gracious in defeat...we hate it....but we take it on the chin....we don't whine about calls we don't get we suck it up.....so do not make these acusations dude unless u got something to back it up with
ibrahiy
completely agree with forever united.....the stats are there to show we don't get an advantage...and that the other teams from the top 4 have gotten more favorable calls than us....but the press wouldn't highlight that b/c we are the champs so we have to be the arrogant bad ones who get luck all the time and even bribe refs... if you read our comments on here you realize we are also gracious in defeat...we hate it....but we take it on the chin....we don't whine about calls we don't get we suck it up.....so do not make these acusations dude unless u got something to back it up with
ibrahiy
Didn't see the challenge BUT goldenboy Ronaldo has been able to get away with kicking opposition players 4 times this season just because of his status as the best player in the world. No retrospective action. Every Man U fan I know is P155ed off with his waving his hands in the air while sat on his arse while the rest of your team is working hard to get the ball.
Villan444
Didn't see the challenge BUT goldenboy Ronaldo has been able to get away with kicking opposition players 4 times this season just because of his status as the best player in the world. No retrospective action. Every Man U fan I know is P155ed off with his waving his hands in the air while sat on his arse while the rest of your team is working hard to get the ball.
Villan444
Hahaha....same old united...(I wanna say always cheating here, but I won't).....always blind. Do you know why I hate ManU more than Liverpool? Because if Liverpool get an "adavantage" by the ref against us, their supporters (the one's I know) will say: "sorry, it was incorrect, but that's football. But what do you do? Claim it is a correct decision. NO WAY! I know Carrick is on the ball, and then Gomes is on the ball first to, sending it sideways. No penalty. This is a gamechanging decision, and I am sure you would all hate the ref if we were given that penalty. And I agree, it was a horrible "almost tackle" of Palacios. Some refs will give red, some yellow, I think it's a orange card, any decision would be right. But what about your own players? (Rafael fouled Modric 5 times, did he get a card?) Ronaldo kicking Lennon long after the ball is away, but no card (He surely would have kept his shirt on to avoid the red card then, I guess). I haven't seen the second goal, does Berba come from offside? The fourth goal, was it in? If I remember correctly, the ball have to reach the net before becoming a goal at old trafford, just ask Pedro Mendes. I hope you are all enjoying the victory. That you feel good about it. Just do like you always do. Tell yourself it was a correct decision till you believe it yourself.
NorwaYid
Hahaha....same old united...(I wanna say always cheating here, but I won't).....always blind. Do you know why I hate ManU more than Liverpool? Because if Liverpool get an "adavantage" by the ref against us, their supporters (the one's I know) will say: "sorry, it was incorrect, but that's football. But what do you do? Claim it is a correct decision. NO WAY! I know Carrick is on the ball, and then Gomes is on the ball first to, sending it sideways. No penalty. This is a gamechanging decision, and I am sure you would all hate the ref if we were given that penalty. And I agree, it was a horrible "almost tackle" of Palacios. Some refs will give red, some yellow, I think it's a orange card, any decision would be right. But what about your own players? (Rafael fouled Modric 5 times, did he get a card?) Ronaldo kicking Lennon long after the ball is away, but no card (He surely would have kept his shirt on to avoid the red card then, I guess). I haven't seen the second goal, does Berba come from offside? The fourth goal, was it in? If I remember correctly, the ball have to reach the net before becoming a goal at old trafford, just ask Pedro Mendes. I hope you are all enjoying the victory. That you feel good about it. Just do like you always do. Tell yourself it was a correct decision till you believe it yourself.
NorwaYid
Read this: Ferguson actually agrees it was not a penalty: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11675_5242186,00.html ....you hould sell blind-sticks in your supporter-store.
NorwaYid
Read this: Ferguson actually agrees it was not a penalty: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11675_5242186,00.html ....you hould sell blind-sticks in your supporter-store.
NorwaYid
Lol Lol Lol! Was not a pen! Very close tho but and does nothing to help the confidence of Gomes! However, I agree that Pool dive! When we played them in the 4-4 epic, the first-half pen resulted from a blatent dive from Alonso!
haigh_for_7
Lol Lol Lol! Was not a pen! Very close tho but and does nothing to help the confidence of Gomes! However, I agree that Pool dive! When we played them in the 4-4 epic, the first-half pen resulted from a blatent dive from Alonso!
haigh_for_7
not everyone thinks its a penalty that is my opinion...i have specified that....if you read our comments before you attack us you would read that the other united fans see why the ref gave it(from where he was at it looked a penalty) but they agreed it was no penalty....but overall we should have won....so stop attacking us...read the comments thoroughly
ibrahiy
not everyone thinks its a penalty that is my opinion...i have specified that....if you read our comments before you attack us you would read that the other united fans see why the ref gave it(from where he was at it looked a penalty) but they agreed it was no penalty....but overall we should have won....so stop attacking us...read the comments thoroughly
ibrahiy
scum scum scum scum scum scum hope u lose everything u classless northern scum your fans are a joke no passion gay little mancs when u come down 2 london gonna beat the crap out of u scum
Hackspur
scum scum scum scum scum scum hope u lose everything u classless northern scum your fans are a joke no passion gay little mancs when u come down 2 london gonna beat the crap out of u scum
Hackspur
Bloody hell,every time i read something by you Zae it is the most self gratifying,delusional drivel.
CoxintheBox
Bloody hell,every time i read something by you Zae it is the most self gratifying,delusional drivel.
CoxintheBox
and it is "so are the press",not "so is".......................
CoxintheBox
 

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