TORONTO (CP) - The president of FIFA says the ruling body of soccer will take "adequate actions" following a brawl involving the Chilean team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Toronto. Sepp Blatter told CBC Newsworld today the incident is a "black mark" on what had been a successful tournament.As an aside, I love FIFA press releases, if only because it affords me the opportunity to type “Sepp Blatter”.
Anyway, after having two of their players thrown out of the game and 30 of the 53 fouls assessed called against them in a 3-0 loss, our Andean heroes expressed their displeasure through a spirited debate with “hundreds of angry fans” gathered near their bus. The thing was, between the fans and the team stood a large number of local policei (who were there, it should be noted, because they had earlier been forced to keep the team away from the game officials). And they had their own yellow card:
A member of the Chilean delegation was subdued by Taser during the brawl. It was not immediately clear if he was a player or a team official.When all is said and done, this could lead to a major breakthrough in soccer’s popularity in Canada. From all accounts, this wasn’t your father’s soccer brawl, full of flailing legs and limp-wristed bitch slaps. Actual, real punches were thrown. Blood flowed. A little more of that during, say, a Toronto FC game, and MLS might have a chance here.
Barring that, then Five For Smiting respectfully requests that Sepp Blatter (WEE!) allow all on-field officials to carry their own Tasers. It may not clean up the diving, but it'll make those Uruguay-Bolivia games a lot more fun to watch.
FIFA To Take Action After U-20 Melee [TSN.ca]
Bend It Like Nate Kaeding [Five For Smiting]
Update: Over the course of the weekend, we were treated to the spectacle of a full blown international incident as the Chilean government wrote a strongly worded letter to the Canadian Ambassador in Santiago over the "abominable brutality suffered by our boys at the hands of the Toronto police", accompanied, naturally, by requisite photos of one of these poor dears showing off what could have been a welt on one shoulder. Then again, it might have been a big pimple. At least we know where those little boys get their class and ability to lose with grace and dignity.
So, Senor El Presidente, in order to help foster warmer relations and maintain diplomatic ties between our two proud nations, please allow me to state the following on behalf of my fellow Canadians: Get fucking bent. Strap on some skates, candyasses, and we'll show you what a man's sport looks like.