Thursday, October 04, 2007
Dida He Really Do That?
The Brazilian custodian has never been averse to a bit of cheating, incidentally. In the rogues' gallery of contemporary goalkeepers who blatantly move off their lines at penalty kicks, Dida's name features prominently. But some sly creeping at penalties is one thing, an attempt to influence a result through faking a fan-related injury is quite another.
There is a not-so-proud history of goalkeepers engaging in such behaviour, however. The Chilean goalie Roberto Rojas was famously banned for life after his attempt to have a World Cup qualifier against Brazil either abandoned or awarded to his team. Some years later, a Tunisian 'keeper, Chokri El-Ouaer, tried the same trick in an African Champions League match. He, too, received a richly-deserved ban.
Hopefully Dida too will suffer a ban for his antics, but recent precedents suggest otherwise. In the 2002 World Cup, Rivaldo's memorable play-acting at the corner flag resulted in the dismissal of Turkey's Hakan Unsal. FIFA reviewed the incident, gave the Brazilian star a slap-on-the-wrist fine...and, shamefully, no ban.
Then there's the case of Claude Makelele, whose despicable histrionics got Andreas Zikos of Monaco sent off in the 2004 Champions League semi-final (see here for a description of the incident). No subsequent punishment was meted out to Makelele whatsoever (see here).
Play-acting in order to induce sanctions against the opposition is one of the most pernicious aspects of modern football. Yet when it comes to punishing such cynical behaviour, governing bodies have been sadly toothless of late.
Let's hope that, after they've fined Celtic for the behaviour of one silly fan, UEFA comes down hard on the real villain of the piece.
One gripe though the title "Dida He Really Do That?" doesn’t work for me, sorry. I would have gone with something along the lines of Black Panther is a Pussy, lacking in class but accurate I feel, or Nelson Dida’s falling down.
"Caught on Candida Camera"? ;-)
...Great post but I really think some attention to the fact that our own Scott McDonald scored the goal to give Celtic the win over the champions of Europe...
A nice feather in his cap, for sure, but in all honesty it was a tap-in.
I wonder why he is so bad at this aspect of 'keeping? He is tall and fairly fleet of foot but still makes dealing with crossed look so difficult. Remember that WC 1/4 against France? Brazil might have rather undeservedly made much further if he had of made a routine catch in his six yard box.
These antics should get him a ban. I would ban him for the whole season and not because Spider would be goalkeeper
Reminded me of Rivaldo falling to the ground clutching his face after somebody kicked the ball into his leg.
If you ARE going to go down, do it straight after the slap, you turkey, not after giving chase for a couple of yards.
I'm not sure if it was the desperation of the attempt or its poor execution that was the most laughable/depressing.