Pepe and Balotelli: A Tale of Two Stamps

Real Madrid’s Pepe and Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli both hit the headlines in the last week having been caught on camara stamping on an opponent. Balotelli seemingly stamped on Scott Parker’s head yesterday during City’s 3-2 win over Tottenham, while we all saw what Pepe did to Leo Messi’s hand at the Bernabeu last Wednesday. The Football Association in England has just announced that Balotelli will be charged with violent conduct, and as a result he faces a four match ban. Tottenham will have felt hard done by yesterday as instead of being sent off at the time Balotelli stayed on the pitch to score an injury time winner from the penalty spot, however, the ban on Balotelli may have an effect on City’s title chances so, to a certain extent, you could say there has been an attempt at justice.

Unfortunately, in Spain the story is quite different. Today, surprise surprise, the Comité de Competición announced they would be taking no action against Pepe for the incident with Messi. I couldn’t say whether this has anything to do with the fact that Barça did not ask for the case to be looked at, or whether Pepe’s rather embarrassing denial/apology (and Guardiola’s acceptance of it) somehow saved him, but you really have to ask yourself what message this sends out to people.

I have no desire to see football turned into a non-contact sport. The physical side of the game is very important and sometimes I think refs can be too harsh on players when they fail to distinguish between a genuine attempt to get the ball and a deliberate foul. I also accept that a certain amount of gamesmanship is normal, if you can get your opponent to react and he gets himself sent off then you have helped your team. However, there are some acts that cross the line and disciplinary committees, wherever they might be, have a duty to try and eradicate these things from the game. In Spain today, the Comité de Competición have failed to do their duty. The message is to the Spanish people is clear: you can cheat and be violent and then lie about it and you will not be punished. Very sad indeed.

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6 Responses to Pepe and Balotelli: A Tale of Two Stamps

  1. fan says:

    “I have no desire to see football turned into a non-contact sport. The physical side of the game is very important and sometimes I think refs can be too harsh on players when they fail to distinguish between a genuine attempt to get the ball and a deliberate foul. I also accept that a certain amount of gamesmanship is normal, if you can get your opponent to react and he gets himself sent off then you have helped your team. However, there are some acts that cross the line and disciplinary committees, wherever they might be, have a duty to try and eradicate these things from the game.”
    Agree with you and makes sense

  2. FCB-Parbo says:

    The pic above is a clear proof that he did it intentionallly. And if you saw the video you can also see that he stamped very hard on Messi’s hand. It’s not like he had stumbled.

    The disciplinary committees are a bunch of idiots. B’coz it’s all RM so they won’t do anything about it. I blame the Barca board for not taking actions on this. And what’s up with Pep. He just can’t say he didn’t saw it happened. The fact is Pep, the proofs are there to be seen it and even through the media. What would the world do if Messi had a career breaking injury? (Knock on wood for this). Not only Pepe was violent, look at what Carvalho did to Messi’s knees. Messi had been buthered through the whole game by different players.

    Oh Dear God, please watch over Messi for us, Amen!

    Visca Leo Messi!!!
    Visca Barca!!!

  3. barcacentralenrique says:

    come on, we didn’t expect anything different right?

    sadly, i think there are rules that prevent retrospective punishment. it has to be in the refs official match report, otherwise nothing can happen. balotelli was called for a foul against parker, so then they can use evidence, while Pepe wasnt. yes, it stupid and outdated but those are the rules (as far as I know)

    and parbo, if u expect pep and the barca board to go out and start shouting bloody murder about this, you dont understand him or the club very well. pep is above that, he doesnt believe in getting into these tifs and press room theatrics. you dont think he uses that as motivation in the private of the training sessions? and the board have done this before, they believe its the duty of the league to do something, not them to cry about real madrid. that’s just how they operate, its a fundamental philosophy. they let madrid and mou cry and whine but we go and do what we do, on the pitch.

    • FCB-Parbo says:

      No, I don’t expect them that they start shouting, but they can file a complain to the committee. Enough is enough, a line should be drawn don’t you think? Are you not mad, but just taking it easy for what happened to Leo?

  4. barcacentralenrique says:

    we are obviously all upset and its much much to over the line. but if the board file a complaint then madrid make up some stupid counter complaint and it becomes a mess. we are taking the high road, and the board will ask pep for what they want him to do.

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