The Busquets Affair: Have Your Say!By: Ade C. | May 13th, 2011
Not all of Wordpress exasperating incompetence of late is going to stop us from giving you a place to discuss the Busquets Affair… I know you want to!
The facts are as follow:
-On the first leg of Champions League semi-finals between Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a lot of downright embarrassing behviour from players from both sides, which resulted in red and yellow cards, and a complaint from Real Madrid to the UEFA about the ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ of several Barça players. (This was after Mourinho’s now infamous ‘¡¿Por qué?!’ rant, which Barça then complained about)
-Madridista TV nutjobs Punto Pelota ‘discovered’ that Busquets had apparently called Marcelo ‘mono‘ (monkey) at some point during the match (then they discovered that someone who works for UEFA also has links with UNICEF, which should tell you a lot about their research). Much discussion ensued by people who had suddenly become a) fluent in Spanish and b) experts at lip-reading.
(Now you too can be a lip-reading expert! Me, I will swear in any court of law that calls upon me as a witness that Busi said, ‘moc moc!’!)
-Pep, in a press conference, said that he would punish a player of his if they dished out racist abuse, but that he didn’t believe they would.
-UEFA rejected Real Madrid’s complaint about the Barça players, and Barça’s complaint about Mourinho’s words. RM announced they would appeal, Barça said they would join UEFA’s own proceedings about Mourinho.
-Yesterday, UEFA opened proceedings against Busquets “on the basis of evidence provided by Real Madrid (video and statement of club and player)”.
-Soon after, Barça spokesperson Toni Freixa went on BarçaTV to say that Busquets had said he’d said ‘mucho morro‘ (you have a lot of nerve) to Marcelo, not a racist insult. More lip-readers flooded the internet forums to discuss lip positioning in the pronunciation of frottal vs glottal pronunciation, or something. (can you tell I’m not a lip-reading expert?)
-Barça announced they will present allegations against UEFA’s proceedings.
-ETA: Oh yeah, Barça vice-president Bartomeu spoke out in what many considered a way of saying that Barça would not report racism if it happened to us… until you remember that the club mantains that Busquets is innocent. Bartomeu is just saying that Barça would not raise an scandal, complain and appeal to the UEFA, about unsubstantiated claims.
It seems stupid to say it, but we will say it all the same: WE DO NOT CONDONE RACIST/HOMOPHOBIC/SEXIST/COMMON GARDEN VARIETY INSULTS. We don’t. We think it’s wrong. We think it should be punished, whoever the perpetrator is, whichever team he plays for, and whether he meant it or just wanted to get a rise out of someone.
Now, we don’t condone witch-hunts either. Players should get a chance to explain themselves. We know that Busquets‘ less than stellar fame precedes him, but even an idiot with a penchant for diving should get a fair trial against an accusation of racism. UEFA aren’t the Platonic Ideal of a governing body, but they’re the best thing we have at the moment, and they will surely make every effort to see this matter solved, if only because everyone’s got their eye on them.
If it’s proved that Busquets made a racist comment at Marcelo, UEFA’s proposed five-match ban looks like very little; the club should also take measures (a hefty fine, suspension from Liga matches, community service in the shape of babysitting Bojan, I don’t know). If it isn’t, then what? People will believe it was true nevertheless; that’s the nature of these allegations.
Have your say if you want to. Point out whatever facts show that I’m just an undercover UNICEF agent / closet madridista / secretly a Busi fan (in spite on all evidence of the contrary). Just remember, KEEP IT POLITE. Let’s leave the swearing matches and unsportsmanlike behaviour for Clásicos and discuss this in a rational manner. I know we can do this better than the sports press!
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