Jorge Larrionda vs the Italy-USA team
Who would have thought when the two teams trooped out to play that they would not play each other, instead all 22 men would have to play against the referee, Jorge Larrionda, who single handedly destroyed the game. Uruguay did not qualify for the 2006 World Cup but through Larrionda they sure as * #%[email protected]&* tried playing in this tournament.
Three red cards, 5 yellows, and a total of 19 offside calls. The Azzurris spent most of the second half diving and trying to come up with an Oscar worthy performance. I have never been a big fan of Italian soccer and today’s performance just confirmed it.
Italy played with 10 men, USA from early in the second half played with 9 men. I turned my head to switch on the lamp and Eddie Pope was gone. I don’t even know what happened.
The game of soccer was completely destroyed today. By the time the whistle blew the players looked like they were dragging ball and chain.
The bright spot was the US came out to play but who knew that Jorge Larrionda had decided to dole out his red and yellow cards like business cards. I don’t think he made any new customers today because he should be fired right away.