Originally Posted by gdl203
I don't think you get the point yet. ZZ reacted (although excessively and wrongly) to a provocation. DeRossi initiated the violence out of thin air. That is the main difference, not the blood or any of your conspiracy theories/fantasies about FIFA and the Golden Ball... FIFA doesn't even have anything to do with the Golden Ball. They don't organize it, award it or even have the power to take it away.
I made that point several times and I will stop repeating it here. Are you so blinded by the love of Italian football that you cannot see this simple set of facts?
Yes, I get
your point. I'm saying two things (and then I'll
stop repeating myself): 1. FIFA's punishment of MM for verbal provocation was, as far as I know, unprecedented (please correct me if I'm wrong). Many people (not just me!) think it was done in an effort to 'share the blame' and save ZZ's image. 2. The violent actions of DDR & ZZ are distinguishable (and not b/c ZZ was provoked) given the nature and context in which the violence occurred. DDR's elbow, while completely excessive and inexcuasable, occurred in the context of two players going for the ball. DDR was fighting to get in front of McB by using his upper body to gain momentum while going up for a header. Given what I know about the young man, I'm disinclined to believe he would intentionally try to injure another player, unlike monsieur Zizou.
Plus, I'm trying to hit 70 pgs!