. Referee's View - Super Cup 2nd Leg
posted by Guest Writer on 2011-08-20 12:30:00

Once again Pro-qualified referee Simon Fear looks in detail using explanations and pictures at the 2nd leg.

Barcelona –v- Real Madrid – Super Cup 2011.

Referee - Fernandez Borbalan

Venue – Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Attendance – 92965.

Whenever these two sides play each other in quick succession there is always bad blood which if past history is anything to go by makes this as stable as a cinder box. This match proved no different however Real Madrid must take the majority of the blame for the way the match deteriorated into a spiteful contest and fortunate not to see more players dismissed. Real Madrid continued to play the high pressure football of the first leg and again engaged in an aggressive, intimidatory tactics.

Barcelona opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Messi played Iniesta through on goal, Real Madrid appealed for offside yet the assistant got the decision absolutely spot on as Iniesta was onside by a couple of yards. Real Madrid equalised soon after in the 20 minute with a close range effort which upon inspection should have been ruled offside.

As the picture shows, when the ball is played into the Barcelona box Sergio Ramos stretches out to prod the ball home and gets the slightest touch. Ramos is onside and his involvement is perfectly lawful, however Ronaldo is in a offside position and gets his own significant deflection on the ball and into the net. The two touches are both hard to spot and it took several replays in slow motion to determine if or who made contact with the ball. The giveaway is Ramos wheels away in celebration of what he believes is his goal, confirming he made contact with the ball. Ronaldo also claims the goal, again confirming he made contact, however in real-time it would be almost impossible to make a correct decision.

Between the 27 and 41 minute Mr Fernandez Borbalan , who had managed the game well and had tried to use his judgement in dealing with the theatrics of Alves particularly, finally had no option but to caution Khedira, Iniesta and Xavi for reckless challenges where they slid into tackles and were late, yet made no attempt to pull out and each fouled their opponent.

In the 53 minute the game started to turn ugly. The ball was cleared high, Messi and Marcelo were the only two players near enough to the ball to challenge for it. Messi did not even attempt to win the ball, however as Marcelo jumps and deliberately kicks his right leg into Messi catching the Argentinian in the midriff.

Marcelo should have been dismissed Under Law 12 which states “Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play” Mr Borbalan failed in his duty to protect the players safety, and in awarding a yellow card his authority was undermined.

Pepe should also have been dismissed for three separate fouls between the 63 and 74 minute. Firstly he deliberately body checked Messi, turning his shoulder into Messi’s chest as the Argentinian played the ball past him. Pepe also threw a sneaky elbow at Messi which if seen would have warranted a red card, but as this went unnoticed he was cautioned and given a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

In the 66 minute at a Barcelona corner Pepe made no attempt to play the ball, instead he initially thrust his arm across the chest and face of Pique, as the Barcelona defender tries to attack the ball Pepe swings around by holding Piques neck until the Barcelona defender falls over. Mr Borbalan clearly see’s the incident but chooses to ignore it rather than penalize Pepe and award him a deserved second yellow card, and thus a red card.

Finally Pepe repeats his earlier foul by body checking Pedro, deliberately stepping across the Spanish player and turning his shoulder into the player making no attempt to play the ball. This also should have merited a straight forward yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

Between the 76 and 92 minute there were a further three  correctly issued cautions by Mr Borbalan for Valdes (time-wasting) Ramos and Coentrao (both for deliberate late sliding tackles which clearly merited punishment). The game was becoming far more fractious and Mr Borbalan was starting to lose control after his confident opening to the match.

The game ended in controversy when Marcelo, who should have been dismissed earlier, launched into a dangerous tackle on Fabregas. The tackle ticks all the boxes for dangerous play, Marcelo was off the ground, he used the ‘scissor’ tackle which has been outlawed for some time and he used excessive force.

Marcelo was guilty of serious foul play under Law 12. “A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play”. Any tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play, Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play. Mr Borbalan rightly issued an immediate red card.

The game descended into a farce, players, substitutes and coaches became involved in a mass brawl in which both David Villa and Mehmet Ozil were shown red cards. Mr Borbalan obviously saw offences that he felt warranted red cards for both players and acted as he deemed appropriate.

Again, this match has become almost impossible to referee. The blame lies with both sets of players and the managers. Real are in the mould of their manager, they are a cynical, street fighting side who are aggressive and border on the violent. They will use any trick possible to win and any means are justified if it means victory. Kherira, Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe are the chief executioners who enforce their managers plans.

Barcelona are similarly in the image of their manager, they are more cultured, more sophisticated yet have a steely determination to win. They employ more subtle tactics and exploit gamesmanship to the extreme, exaggerating every contact, with Alves and Busquets infamous for their diving and cheating.

Simon can be found here on Twitter and as a regular contributer to the Tomkins Times where he looks at refereeing decisions affecting Liverpool Football Club.


3comment(s)

#9
Simon GF says:
2011-08-23 11:51:02
#7 - In response to your post;


Why was this referee not shown the incident between Iniesta and Coentrao, where Iniesta goes in hard, just like Marcelo did on Fabregas?? Yet Marcelo is criticised as being the worlds worst and no one even mentioned Iniesta?
Are you saying Marcelos challenge, and I only just consider it worthy of being called a challenge, was not dreadful ? There was no other single tackle as bad as Marcelo in the game. I mention that Inesita was correctly cautioned (which was for the foul on Coentrao) but it was nothing like the foul by Marcelo.
What about Messi himself? Why was there no mention in this article about the countless times he kicked the ball away after he committed a foul?
Yes, Messi did kick the ball away after being penalised, however this report is an overview of a match, it would be impossible to detail every single incident that occurred. I would also suggest that the fouling targeted towards Messi was awful and pre-determined by Real.
What about the rude gestures Messi made to Jose Mourinho and the rest of the Real Madrid bench after he scored his third goals?
Messi celebrated his goal, and given the circumstances, he had been battered by Marcelo and Pepe, he may have been provocative but again, it is impossible to detail every incident. You will notice that I did not comment on Mourinho’s gestures (waving his hand under his nose) towards Messi either ? so again it shows balance.
Then the follow up of an attack Coentrao off the ball which incited the whole riot at the end? Why are these not bookable offences in your referees little hand book?
I purposely did not try to detail who did what in the mass show of dissent after the foul by Marcelo on Fabregas. It’s almost impossible to apportion blame, other than the original foul and the levels of aggression by Pepe in this match, and without having the benefit of every camera angle and every bit of video footage it is very difficult to see who is responsible for what.
Take for example, Pep Guardiola comments after the third goal in which he shouted to the bench of Real Madrid "Sois una puta banda" – Not mentioned and nothing to do with my report.

Take for another example the pre match program had our name written in Catalan.. Reial Madrid... Could you imagine the uproar that would be caused if we were to refer to their stadium as the "campo neuvo"... Irrelevant and nothing to do with my report.

Take for example both Valdes and David Villa struck Ozil in the face, no one makes mention to it but only to Mourinho poking Tito in the eye... Its not that important that 2 Barcelona players can lift their hands but soon as the big bad Madrid do it then its lamentable? – See my answer above about the confrontation.

Take for example both the comments of Xavi and Pique after the game, disgusting as they may be, will you see any 5 match bans handed out to them for that? Doubt it! – Again nothing to do with my referee’s report.
#8
Paul Wilkes (Editor) says:
2011-08-22 09:07:30
"The blame lies with both sets of players and the managers" Think that line says it all ! Does it say I blame Jose, I think your paranoia Is getting the better of you, as Sid Lowe said on Twitter it's unfair to attack this article as biased. It's impossible to cover every little incident in a game such as this, I think you will find criticism of Barcelona players in there if you can prize your tinted glasses off. LaLigaUK is about freedom of speech but in a respectful and well presented manner, most of your points how ever valid don't actually relate to the article but your obsession that the media hates Real Madrid. I expect people to pay £2.50 so that they can read articles that they won't find anywhere else and to have intelligent conversations with balanced arguments in the forums, I don't think that it's a privilege of the subscribers to read this "grabage" as you put it. I'm sure Simon will gladly respond to you if you can re-read the article and except that this is written in a completely un-biased way
#7
Real Madrid says:
2011-08-21 11:27:04
The article is typical of the world view that Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho are the big bad empire who are trying to ruin the sexy football of the Barcelona, who themselves can do no wrong.

Why was this referee not shown the incident between Iniesta and Coentrao, where Iniesta goes in hard, just like Marcelo did on Fabregas?? Yet Marcelo is criticised as being the worlds worst and no one even mentioned Iniesta?

Did you guys only pick out the incidents against Barcelona to show him? Thats a very "balanced and unbiased" view you are taking.

What about Messi himself? Why was there no mention in this article about the countless times he kicked the ball away after he committed a foul?

Or where they not fouls? Could your professional referee not find in his rule book that kicking the ball away after committing a foul, to disadvantage the attacking team from springing a counter attack, was deemed a bookable offence?

What about Messi spitting at Jose Mourinho? Why was this not mentioned in your article?

What about the rude gestures Messi made to Jose Mourinho and the rest of the Real Madrid bench after he scored his third goals? Then the follow up of an attack Coentrao off the ball which incited the whole riot at the end? Why are these not bookable offences in your referees little hand book?

Video here since u seemed to have missed it
http://youtu.be/vHHtPT04OmA

This the the typical drivel that we have to read day in day out. We know we arent angels, but we are no worse than anyone else. Yet the double standards in Spain and the world on Spanish football is a joke.

Take for example, Pep Guardiola comments after the third goal in which he shouted to the bench of Real Madrid "Sois una puta banda"

Take for another example the pre match program had our name written in Catalan.. Reial Madrid... Could you imagine the uproar that would be caused if we were to refer to their stadium as the "campo neuvo"...

Take for example both Valdes and David Villa struck Ozil in the face, no one makes mention to it but only to Mourinho poking Tito in the eye... Its not that important that 2 Barcelona players can lift their hands but soon as the big bad Madrid do it then its lamentable?

Take for example both the comments of Xavi and Pique after the game, disgusting as they may be, will you see any 5 match bans handed out to them for that? Doubt it!

You lot expect people to pay 2.50 a month for the privelege of reading this grabage? I would like an answer to the points i raised by the writer, I know you will be reading my comment. Please explain your double standards...

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