Wednesday, 16 June 2010
It's a fix to get an African nation through to the quarter final!
Spain's defeat to Switzerland sets up the mouth watering prospect of a last 16 collision between the two favourites to win the competition, Spain and Brazil. Now some will be blaming the ball, some the vuvuzela and some will float the conspiracy theories, that there is some engineering going on behind the scenes to guarantee an African interest in the competition, at least as far as the quarter finals.
I don't hold with the ball idea. We get this nonsense every tournament, and by the end, everybody has forgotten about the "suspect ball". It is round, it is made of plastic and it is a standard size. How many bloody variables are there for God's sake? No doubt the Spaniards will be moaning that it is too round, or too plastic, or too precisely the right size, or filled with the wrong gas, but that is all cobblers. It's a ball, get on with it!
What about the vuvus? Well I've had my say about them and there has been a drone of opposition from vuvu apologists. I think they are making a difference. I think they are protecting the inferior sides, because they cannot hear the fever pitch support for the team in the ascendancy. But can the vuvus explain today's freak result? Spain, mighty Spain, losing to Cow Bell Switzerland! You couldn't write it!
So what about the conspiracy theory? Those who remember Argentina's 6-0 victory over Peru will know that corruption can influence results, even in a World Cup. After the melt down of the World's banking system, who knows what deals might have been done behind closed doors in smokeless rooms? FIFA are desperate for an African nation to progress and maybe, just maybe, that draw was engineered to make possible the progress of an African side. To lose either Brazil or Spain before the quarter final would be perfect wouldn't it? Much better than the Ivory Coast having to play Brazil! And Portugal are in dire financial trouble so that may explain why they looked disinterested in their game against the Ivorians.
We will learn a lot tonight. Uruguay serve no useful purpose in this competition. I would place a bet on a very controversial refereeing decision going in South Africa's favour tonight: a penalty to South Africa, an onside goal for Uruguay disallowed, a Uruguayan or two sent off. If that happens, we will know the fix is in!
Of course it may just be that it's not only England who can cock up!
LOL That theory has just been holed beneath the water line!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:19