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May 2, 2011
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Today’s plans: Madrid will train at 15:30h at Valdebebas, and take a flight to Barcelona once the session is over, at 17:30.  Once in the Ciudad Condal, Aitor Karanka and Karim Benzema will speak to the press from the Camp Nou at 19:30h, as Karanka will be on the bench tomorrow.  He has a record of 3-0 (wins against Sporting and Athletic in the Liga and Auxerre in the CL).  Mou will, according to AS, watch the game from the palco de honor.  The team will stay at the Juan Carlos I hotel, which overlooks the Camp Nou.  Coincidentally, Javi Martínez (!!!) and his Athletic teammates are also there right now (go here), as they’re playing Espanyol tonight.

Also today, UEFA’s Disciplinary Committee will meet in Nyon, and on the originally scheduled Friday, to discuss (1) their own cases against Madrid and Barcelona, (2) the complaints of Barcelona against Madrid and (3) the complaints of Madrid against Barcelona, and take action.

For (1), UEFA will discuss the issues of the pitch invasion during last week’s game, the throwing of objects, Pepe’s red card, Mou’s expulsion and his postgame declarations, as well as the expulsion of Pinto on the Barcelona side.  For (2), UEFA will study whether Mou’s declarations hurt Barcelona’s image.

And for (3), UEFA will have to decide whether Barcelona’s players displayed unsportsmanlike behavior during the game, especially in the area of simulating or exaggerating the consequences of fouls.  Madrid believes that Pedro faked a shot to the face after colliding with Arbeloa, which resulted in a yellow card for the latter, Busquets pretended that Marcelo hit him in the face, that Pepe did not touch Alves in the challenge that resulted with him being sent off, and that Keita pushed Arbeloa on the way to the locker room but was not punished.  Madrid has provided video evidence of the above.  The club wants UEFA to sanction six Barcelona players – Alves, Pedro and Busquets (two games each), and Keita, Valdés and Mascherano (one game each) – with unsportsmanlike behavior, as well as Pep Guardiola, as they believe that the players were following his orders in using these tactics.  If these players are suspended, they will miss out on tomorrow’s game.  UEFA will only “discuss” these issues today, and not make any decisions today (naturally).

What, no peeking this time, Sergio Busquets?  And poor Pedro, he couldn’t peek even if he wanted to, because it was his “eye” that was injured, despite his shoulder colliding with Arbeloa’s shoulder.

Via a video posted on their web site, Madrid has also spoken out against Busquets for calling Marcelo a “monkey,” and raised concerns about the assignment of Frank de Bleeckere to the game, noting that he was the referee who fell for Sergio Busquets’ theatrics last year in the semifinal game between Mourinho’s Inter and Barcelona, showing a red card to Thiago Motta.

You can see the two videos with all their points here.  Barcelona has also produced their own video showing Madrid’s players stepping on Barcelona’s players and “manitas” to motivate their fans.

Meanwhile, Castilla continued their non-losing streak – it now stands at 17! – with a 3-1 win over Badajoz last night.  It also means that Alberto Toril is still unbeaten in his time as Castilla’s coach.  Joselu, Pablo Sarabia and MFC scored for Castilla, who is now one point away from claiming a spot in the playoffs.  Their next game is this Sunday against Rayo B at home in the Di Stéfano.

After the game, Jorge Casado tweeted that everyone was “very, very happy” and MFC tweeted that his goal was dedicated to Denis.

And some of the world’s top tennis players, in Madrid to play in the Madrid Open, spoke about Real Madrid.  The club’s unconditional fan Rafa Nadal told a press conference that “of course I’ll watch the game [tomorrow’s CL semifinal].  I’m a fan of football and obviously you wouldn’t want to miss a game like that.  I don’t think Madrid will need a miracle in order to classify.”  And Andy Murray, in a chat with El Mundo, admitted that he likes Barcelona for their football, but “I really, really like Mourinho.  I like him a lot.”

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. superfan permalink
    May 2, 2011 13:02

    “What, no peeking this time, Sergio Busquets?” —> A++++ Una!!!

    These disciplinary hearings are so stressful. I’m not holding my breath for any decisions that would go our way. Knowing UEFA and Barcelona, they’re probably out there to screw us over. Ugh.

    Praying and hoping for a magnificent win for Madrid that would lead us to the final!! The 10th cup is just dying to be raised already!!!!!!! 🙂 I believeeeee!!! Hala Madrid!

  2. manie permalink
    May 2, 2011 13:26

    Of course UEFA can’t make a decision today. I am being optimistic though and hoping that the ref tomorrow will be aware of barca’s, and namely busquets, propensity for theatrics given his experience. Hopefully?

    I am happy, though, that the whole racism issue wasn’t forgotten and has actually been addressed by RM officials. It’s a disgusting thing and hopefully they use this opportunity to show madridistas that this behavior is never okay. Was that included in the UEFA complaints as well or will that be discussed separately?

  3. Sara permalink
    May 2, 2011 13:40

    Ugh these clubs are acting more like middle school children than 2 of the biggest clubs in the world… when will this drama stop? Granted, I think Madrid is right to make the complaints they’re making.

    How convenient that we have De Bleeckere for Barcelona, I’m sure they’re thrilled like spoiled children who got what they wanted AGAIN.

    And naturally UEFA won’t take action in any way that affects tomorrow’s match, no that would be ridiculous to expect, it obviously makes muchhh more sense for none of these issues to be addressed until AFTER the game, what was I thinking? UGH. I’m just getting more and more and more disgusted with them.

  4. Ferdi permalink
    May 2, 2011 13:57

    Wait so even IF UEFA punish Barca the players WON’T miss tomorrow’s game?

  5. RealLisa permalink
    May 2, 2011 14:20

    Busquets, Busquets.. *tsk, tsk, tsk* Why I are you doing this to your team when even your own wife doesn’t believe you anymore: http://real.theoffside.com/files/2011/04/busi.jpg
    I’m so over this drama, UEFA can do whatever they like.

    Congrats to Castilla. What a golazo from Álvaro!! That’s one hell of a dedication; lucky Denis. 🙂 Toril is genius. I would like him to replace Mourinho, when the time comes of course.

    Aaaaw, cute Rafa. I’d love to see Jose Mercé’s reaction on Sergio’s goal though.

    Tomorrow is this season’s last hope. Vivimos por ti Madrid, vence por nosotros!

  6. Gilly B permalink
    May 2, 2011 15:02

    Another great post. You really should be on the Madrid Comms team, girl 🙂

  7. May 2, 2011 15:40

    UEFA will only “discuss” these issues today, and not make any decisions today (naturally). – Of course!

    Naturally only when it comes to snoods can UEFA make quick, timely decisions.

  8. May 2, 2011 15:43

    ah Nadal..I agree with your optimist..yes..I’m sure that Madrid will win in the 2nd leg..
    but everything can be happen..maybe miracle will change 2-0 in ESB became 3-0 for Madrid in Nou Camp,,hehe 🙂

    I like Mou too..he is controversial..hi is very demanding.. but because he has that behave..Madrid can stop their title fasting 🙂

    anyway..Mou looks relax when he shaking hand..

  9. Gillian permalink
    May 2, 2011 16:16

    I like that pic of Andy & Mou.

  10. Sara W permalink
    May 2, 2011 16:29

    I’m sorry, I am an avid reader of this blog and a RM fan, and some of the theatrical antics that Barca displayed was despicable, but the video clearly shows Busquets saying “bobo” (silly) not “mono”. Look how he clearly presses his lips together for the second syllable too. If he was saying “mono” he would only press together his lips for the first syllable “mo”. Try doing it – if you say “mono” it I promise you that your lips would only touch once. Even though it’s an insult, it’s more an affectionate one that you would use i.e. with your brothers and sisters and close friends when you made a slip-up. It’s far from being a “racial slur”.

    As much as I want my team to be vindicated, I also do not want to partake in wrongful accusations, it’s just plain….wrong.

    I hope I am right – there’s enough racism in the world as it is without it being displayed on the football pitch for millions (especially kids) to see. Would be interested to hear what you think about this, Una.

    • May 3, 2011 08:21

      I think that just as it’s not clear that what Busquets said was “mono,” it’s also not clear that what he said was “just” “bobo.” I also believe Madrid wouldn’t make this accusation – like they did in a video posted on their web site – if they didn’t have proof to back it up, because it’s a serious allegation. And no matter what Busquets said, there was no way he was being “affectionate” with Marcelo.

      • Sara W permalink
        May 3, 2011 15:27

        Thanks for your point of view. I agree that I wouldn’t put it past Busquets to throw a racial insult. And I didn’t mean that HE was being affectionate, but that the common use of the word is… But if anyone sees the video you really can see that he touches his lips for the second syllable. The fact that it’s on RM website doesn’t make the accusation any more legit, as we know very well that they are as capable of playing dirty as Barca are. And I think we are naive if we think that these kinds of insults don’t get thrown around frequently when players are heated up. Anyway I guess all I can say is I hope today they will be more civil, and I hope that Busquets gets whatever punishment he deserves – if he deserves one.

        • Maddi permalink
          May 3, 2011 17:05

          I think RM are saying that in the video Busquets said the word “Mono” twice. When he puts his lips together the first time it’s the “Mo” of the first “Mono” and the second time he does it it is the “Mo” of the second “Mono”.

          If you view the video in normal time you can see that Busquets is probably saying something twice, because his lips are moving too slowly to be saying something just once. If he were saying just “Bobo” it would seem like “Bo…Bo…” which is too slow.

  11. amouria permalink
    May 2, 2011 17:12

    Congrates to Barce, they got it. UEFA rejected the complaints of Madrid.
    Who speaks about justice now? who remembers this word?
    It is a sickening and corrupt world….I hate the UEFA and their strategies to put down any team that faces barca…
    I don’t know how our players overcome all their anger and frustration tomorrow in the HELLISH stadium Camp Nu…

  12. annee permalink
    May 2, 2011 17:32

    I hope you got to see Javi’s (!!!) video that he tweeted yesterday with him, David Lopez, and Iker Munian. It was so cute.

    I was able to watch my first Castilla game yesterday and really enjoyed it. What a great team and all the guys seem so supportive of each other.

    I never expect much from UEFA but lets see what happens.

  13. Ange permalink
    May 2, 2011 18:03

    UEFA as made the decision …

    Madrid protests, Barça complaint rejected

    Published: Monday 2 May 2011, 16.33CET

    “UEFA has rejected both the protests lodged by Real Madrid CF and the complaint made by FC Barcelona following the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg. ”

    “Both the above decisions are open to appeal within three days of the dispatch of the contested decisions.”

    http://en.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/disciplinary/news/newsid=1626053.html#madrid+protests+barca+complaint+rejected

    sooo nobody won!!! … see lets play some football… cause this is stupid for both clubs…. hopefully the wont appeal ….

  14. Iram permalink
    May 2, 2011 19:47

    Una, off topic ?, but since u did mention it….are you going to watch any tennis this week? (I love Nadal too)

  15. jean permalink
    May 2, 2011 21:30

    Oh dear How I am going to be able to watch tommorrow’s game? I will be very surprised if UEFA Sanctionned Barcelona.I dont think its going to happen , unfortunately.

  16. Lights out permalink
    May 2, 2011 22:14

    UEFA= Unprofessional egotistical screw ups around and that’s definately not all my choice of words for Barfas’ insurance (oops I meant for all futbol teams) company.

  17. mar permalink
    May 2, 2011 22:22

    as I see you never miss a change to provide us with a gif of Javi Martínez (!!!) [not that I’m complaining…] :))

    • DebS permalink
      May 3, 2011 12:27

      lol Nothing like a little Javi (!!!) to make things better, no? 😉

  18. evita permalink
    May 2, 2011 23:00

    It’s so amusing how Camp Nou will NOT EVEN COMMENT on the racist crap that Busi said. So, since they accuse Mou of controlling his players, can the same be said for Pep? So, is Pep having them fall around on the ground and act like some bitches? Is Pep the biggot, a wolf in sheeps clothing that pretends that everyone has a chance at the Camp Nou? Or does he have no control over his players and they just do what they want?

    I like Aitor Karanka’s speech. He’s at that I just don’t give a fuck point. Barca can continue the farce they call football. They deminsh their talent and their crest, and clearly they have no pride.

    The win in November was because of RM playing like crap, and few dives here and there from Barca, but this? Really? Like I said their silence is absolutely deafening.

    UEFA are a joke.

  19. May 3, 2011 01:21

    Hey Una,
    There was an update today: http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/disciplinary/news/newsid=1626053.html.

    I thought UEFA said “NO” to racism… I hope Madrid appeal.

    😦

  20. SunnyK permalink
    May 3, 2011 03:06

    It’s a bit bittersweet watching the Madrid Open this year and not seeing Raul there. Can’t remember the last time he & Mamen weren’t there looking absolutely regal! I’m officially passing the torch on that to Xabi and the missus!

  21. black widow permalink
    May 3, 2011 04:42

    this is the first time i’m actually going to be glad to be at work when a match is on, so i won’t be able to watch it. 😦 after last week, i’m dreading tomorrow …

  22. TheFunInFuneral permalink
    May 3, 2011 07:01

    Jaja, Javi (!!!) es un encanto de hombre!

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