It's so damn hilarious to read what P. C. Wan wrote in The Star's fan column today. I immediately thought of blogging about this but it looks like I'm not the only one doing so. Another blogger wrote something too earlier.
Since Sashi-isms has already made a remark regarding Rio Ferdinand's foul on Ljungberg, I think I'm gonna skip that part. But still I find P. C. Wan's letter not really convincing in many other ways.
"As for that “controversial” penalty, Rooney should be commended as the experienced Campbell would not have recklessly stretched out his left foot if not for Rooney's brilliant ball control."
I'm sorry, but you don't award penalties for an individual's brilliant ball control. You can give him a bottle of champagne, a trophy, a bonus, a prostitute (he's no longer underage, right?), but not a penalty. The way P. C. Wan puts it, Zizou should get an average of 15 penalties a week. I'm not saying it's not a penalty, I myself is in doubt as well. But Mike Riley decided that it was a foul, and he's the referee, so there you have it, a penalty.
"And was there anything wrong with Ruud’s tackle on Ashley Cole which was a legal yet full-blooded challenge as both players collided when they went for the 50-50 ball?"
It's fine when you go for a 50-50 ball, but it's illegal when you go for opposition player's shin. If you look at the replay again, Ruud did not even get the ball. And talking about going for the ball, wasn't Campbell doing that too when he conceded the penalty? I believe it was 50-50 too at that time, only Campbell did not get the ball. So I assume P. C. Wan was saying it was a legal challenge and therefore shouldn't be a penalty.
Among others, I feel that Reyes was forced out from the pitch because of constant tackles on him. Clearly he was a threat and it seemed like a good tactic to get him out of the match.
However, I also think that Wenger bullshits a lot. He's so damn certain that Ruud and Rooney are cheats and Man Utd lost the spirit of the game, yet he didn't know anything about the pizza. He can only seek faults in others while his team can do no wrong.
A note to those who don't know me, I'm actually a Liverpool fan, so it's natural for me to have a go at both teams. Yeah, I'm embarassed too about the hooliganism that happened at the Den on wednesday. Sometimes stupid fans (I'm not talking about you, P. C. Wan) tarnish the beauty of football.