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Monday, May 21, 2007

FA Cup

First of all, congratulations to Chelsea, who deservingly won the FA cup over the weekend.

The purpose of writing this blog is that I am sick and tired of people saying that Ryan Giggs goal should have stood as the ball crossed the line, or that he was fouled my Essien as believed by the likes of A.Ferguson.

Have a look at the video again.

1. Did the ball cross the line??

Ryan Giggs said it did. Even Cech himself admitted it did. But did it really??

From the video, it is clear that at its furthest point, the base of the ball was maybe 1 or 2 cm away from the line, if not marginally touching it. Anyone who studied elementary mathematics or physics can tell you that the ball is spherical, and so, if the base of the ball is so close to the line, the whole ball must have not crossed the line.

FIFA rules dictate that for a goal to stand, the whole ball must cross the line.

Look at the video again if you will, and have the liberty to pause at the precise moment and judge for yourself again. Based on the base of the ball, had the WHOLE ball crossed the line?

Of course I am not stating the obvious that Ryan Giggs actually pushed Cech over the line, which was obviously a foul.

2. Was Ryan Giggs fouled by Essien??

Ferguson and many others claimed he was. But was he??

Look at the video again in slo-mo. Essien's tackle came in almost at the same time when Ryan Giggs dived for the ball. Ok maybe a little earlier. But even in slo-mo, it's hard to make out whether there's contact before Ryan Giggs stretched for the ball, or whether he fell due to contact by Essien. Then who would know best the answer? Giggs.

In his own words, "I felt I was getting to the ball quite comfortably and felt someone touch my leg. But I was claiming for the goal not the penalty." He himself conceded that it was not a penalty.he was going for the ball comfortably, and felt someone touch his leg. What it means, do draw your own conclusions.

And then Ferguson said something which was more absurd. "...
the goalkeeper's spilled the ball behind the line."

Now, "spill" according to, is
v.   tr.
1. To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container.
2. To scatter (objects) from containment: spilled the armload of books on the desk.
3. To shed (blood).

How this can classify as a spill is beyond me.

Obviously these are words from a sore loser.

Man U on top or great tactics by Chelsea??

Of course, there are many amateurs who feel that man u should win as they seemed to be the better team on the field that day. Were they?

Read the verdicts here. Chris Waddle was spot on.

"United only know one way to play and when they play slow, as they did in Milan and in this final, they don't win."

During the dreary 1st half, I like everyone else was feeling super bored. But it doesn't take an intelligent person to feel that Chelsea was slowing the game down. In some cases they can attack, but they chose to slow it down. Tactics? Of course.

Now read the full article on the Mourinho's tactics here.

In his own words, fans out there, "whether [you] want to enjoy the game or enjoy after the game?"

My answer too is after.

And I'm still enjoying every minute of it. :)

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