By Walter Broeckx
So ref Busacca has made a report about the behaviour of Wenger and Samir Nasri after the game in Barcelona. And now Uefa will charge them both with improper conduct and they could face a ban. In a way this is good news. Because this now gives us the chance to show even more than before what a bad ref Busacca is.
So in the tunnel, away from the cameras Wenger and Nasri have spoken to the ref and told him the truth. I don’t know the words that have been said but if they contained expressions like: not fit to wear a ref’s badge, coward, blind, biased, bent, incompetent, …well this is just the truth and nothing but the truth. Let us show what really happened in Barcelona. And let us show what an absolute shocking game the ref had.
Being a ref is not easy. You will never hear me say it is. But no one forces me to become a ref and no one forces me to stay a ref. So it is something that I have taken on my shoulders in free will and knowing that I will have to face rough moments and times. But those rough moments once in a while don’t spoil the fun for blowing the final whistle after a game and having 2 teams congratulate each other and myself and tapping each other on the back for having a great game.
But this isn’t always the case. A ref makes mistakes. And a ref also can miss things. You know when something happens behind your back and you couldn’t see it. Those are painful moments as you cannot punish a player when you haven’t seen it. Unless of course one of your assistants has seen it. Then he can inform you and you can punish him.
So let us take a look at the first incident. The grabbing Van Persie by his throat by Abidal.
Now I don’t know in your part of the world but grabbing a person by the throat is where I come from a very aggressive behaviour. Maybe in Cataluña it is a gesture of “let’s be friends” or maybe in the part of Switzerland where Busacca is coming from it means: “oh, what good friends we are”? But in my part of the world grabbing a person by the throat is seen as an utter aggressive act. After all when you put your hands around a persons throat you can choke that person if you don’t let go.
And as such grabbing a person by his throat is a red card offence. No excuses, only one punishment possible: RED CARD!. So at first sight I was thinking: “Well, maybe Busacca was standing with his back to the incident and didn’t see it”. But then I ask myself the question: How comes that 6 (SIX) officials standing there and not one has seen it? I can imagine that the assistant standing behind the Arsenal goal was a bit too far away from it. But the linesman and the 5th official standing behind the Barcelona goal how come they didn’t see it? What are they doing there? They should cover what happens behind the ref his back.
What is the use of putting 6 or why not 10 refs on and next to the field if they don’t act? Platini can put as many as 20 refs out there as long as they don’t see and react to what they should have seen you can better put the ref out there on his own and let him handle it. Now they are only given us a false feeling of fair play.
But let us suppose for one tenth of a second that all the 6 refs were suffering from a temporary moment of blindness. You know it can happen, can it? Well let us take a look at our next picture in which we can see Samir Nasri in the spotlight.
Well how about that. Are your pants dropping down? This is so far the best picture of the year for me. One picture can say more than 10000 words from me. Just look at that man in the middle. Yes, the one dressed in white. He is just standing there between the players and he is looking at Nasri being grabbed by the throat by a Barcelona player (which I cannot identify) and what did he do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
So this is a ref who allows players to grab their opponents by the throat and even when he sees it and is standing next to it he just let it go. He even doesn’t give a yellow card which also would be wrong in fact but it would mean that he was trying to behave like an unbiased ref should do. No he just let it all go without punishment.
This is such an utter disgrace that I really cannot know how to express myself in English without using words that could force Tony to censor them. So I will try to censor myself. ****,*****,*******,*******,*****,***** And I can tell you that know I understand in a far better way the reaction of Van Persie just after that and why he was so furious. He knew that we were going to be robbed once again. “Robbing” Van Persie was the word from the ref one could say. And remember it was 0-0 at that moment and we should have been playing against 9 men from that moment on! And also remember that in the EPL we have been on the end of some highly disputable decisions lately so how much can a player take?
So my dear ref Busacca you have just been exposed as the biased ref you are. You are a disgrace for doing nothing. You are a coward. If you don’t want to behave like a ref should do, then stop being a ref. If you are to much a coward to go against Barcelona stop making a fool of yourself.
So my dear Mr. Platini you can stuff your 6 refs there where the sun doesn’t shine because if they could not see Abidal grabbing Van Persie by his throat and act they are useless and worthless.
And my dear members of whatever committee that will try to ban Wenger and Nasri based on the charge of improper conduct I challenge you to see at the events and ask yourself: what was the worst improper conduct on the night?
Was it Wenger and Nasri telling the truth to the ref away from the cameras?
Was it a Barcelona player grabbing Van Persie by his throat? Was it a Barcelona player grabbing Nasri by his throat?
Or was it the ref who has seen it all but didn’t act like a ref should do when a player is grabbing another player by his throat and send them off?
And if you do come to the conclusion that it only is Wenger and Nasri that need to be punished I know from where the wind is coming. Another wind full of smell from the gutter it will be. It is a time to chose and to make your position clear: are you an independent organisation who only is working in the best interest of football in general or are you just there to help the big clubs to stay on the top? Are you an organisation that only punishes managers and players or are you an organisation that also punishes refs who don’t do their games like they should do them?
Time to show the football world what you really are. Time to remove the masks. I will be waiting with great expectation but I think I know what the outcome will be.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Thanks to many people out there I must admit I was wrong. It wasn’t just two players grabbing our players by the throat. No it was actually 3. So this means that Busacca should have send 3 players off the field. Please forgive me my mistake.
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