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May 16, 2011

In news that surprised no one, UEFA has decided not to sanction Sergio Busquets for allegedly aiming racist insults at Marcelo.  The Control and Disciplinary Committee told Barcelona today that they will not be suspending Busquets for five games, as one inspector of the body had proposed, “due to a lack of strong and convincing evidence.‬”  They might as well have written, “football has triumphed,” since we would all know from that simple phrase which way the decision went.

The only good thing about this is that I can’t wait to see what acting/diving/insulting Busquets does in the final.  He will probably be told to resist doing those things because all eyes will be on him, but I think they’re so ingrained in his style of play that he’s no longer able to control it.

In fact, you can make a drinking game out of it.  Do a shot for each time Sergio Busquets goes down without any contact, and two shots for each time he comes up clutching his face.  You’ll be drunk by the first 10 minutes.

62 Comments leave one →
  1. IsaBella permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:39

    No comments. I have no decent words to express what I think of it. I’ll only say that I agree with you Una: we would be drunk in the first even 5 minutes…

  2. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:40

    hahaha! Shocker! No-one saw this coming UEFA *sarcasm*, this is unbelievable, are we charged with anything now? I can’t wait for busquet to be booed and I hope I can make it to the UCL final! United kill them, I can’t believe I will be a United fan, but yeah Kill him/them!

  3. Gigi permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:42

    I’m not surprised by this in the least. It still makes me sick to know this is being pushed under the rug, and now RM is going to be called another whole round of names because of it. And I think I’m sorriest for Marcelo, who didn’t deserve what he got most of all.

  4. mickymacky05 permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:52

    seriously, doesn’t busquets even feel a twinge of guilt for his appalling behavior?

    he “feels” every wisp of touch on the pitch and reacts like he’s been shot (yet still is able to roll and roll around for all that supposed pain) and yet he can’t even feel a sliver of remorse?

    disgraceful. and UEFA? so obvious in their bias that they look ridiculous.

  5. May 16, 2011 12:54

    Busquets out, uefa = Barcelona

  6. Liz permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:06

    Well what did we expect? After all UEFA’s motto is ‘We Care About Barcelona’

  7. MADRID2726 permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:08

    Really pathetic from UEFA. ´

    I liked how Guardiola “confirmed” that he wouldn’t be sanctioned before the decision was even made… Was it that obvious that UEFA would never do something like this to Barca, or are the cules just not used to things going against them?

    What message is UEFA sending anyways? What did they base their decision on? Lacking evidence? I’d say video material and Marcelo confirming is enough. Did they actually believe the whole “Mucho murro”-crap?
    I read somewhere that Villar is the head of the UEFA jury. I’m not going to blame someone of something here, but isn’t he the guy behind the whole “Villarato”-theories?

    Well, with Busquets playing, one can only hope for a red card for diving or something similar. What a disgusting player, supported by his disgusting club.

    Venga ya, Manchester, you can do it.

  8. Cindy permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:12


    I hope they know that they have now set a precedent, whereas other players will be doing this, and don’t even get me started on the fans. Racism will never die because no one wants to stand up to it.

  9. suzanne permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:16

    this is disgusting. and unsurprising. and a f*****g disgrace. the banners and campaign are now a complete joke.
    una, love, i think we’d all have alcohol poisoning if we played that game 😉

  10. manie permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:23

    I applaud you for your positivity, una… UEFA confirmed the worst, that they are a joke.

  11. amouria permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:28

    Worst thing is to live injustice and accept it. Angry? Upset? betrayed? yes yes, all these feelings…. we can do nothing but say, this minimize our pain because now we are sure more than any time before that Barca got the trophy but lost its respect and dignity…

  12. superfan permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:41

    UEFA’s priorities sure are screwed up. This is disgusting. But yeah, no is really surprised about this.

    I’m hoping Rio Ferdinand’s going to make him and the rest of those divers stay on their feet. #stayonyourfeet 🙂

  13. Happy permalink
    May 16, 2011 13:55

    I guess this, he is UEFA son, how come UEFA punish him??
    And I don’t think any of them will perform in the final, as they will pretend they reach there by their ability, not by the referee and the peformance, I hope Man Utd. can win, not because I like them (never), but I want to see how Messi look like if he lose in the final again.

  14. May 16, 2011 13:58

    Not surprised, but very disappointed. It’ strange how they find it easy to sanction any other club without further evidences but when it comes to Barcelona is incredibly hard for them to even get a mention.
    I mean, nobody was dreaming about Busquets being fined or suspended, but I thought they would at least say what he did was wrong and shouldn’t be done.
    ah, maybe we should just give up already, this is not our year.

  15. maddy permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:09

    on my twitter feed, amidst the tweets about busquets being let off the hook for an alleged racist incident, i saw this tweet “Barça and UNICEF extend their agreement”.

    i laughed.

  16. Naz permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:14

    Brilliant Drinking Game!!U knw i dnt understand,y does UEFA even have to act that there was an investigation,everyone knew what will happen even before the investigation startd!

    • Sarah, Madrid permalink
      May 16, 2011 15:38

      Did you really believe in the investigation thing :P! I think Marcelo was even called to chi-chatt and no-one asked him anything in my opinion! the sad part, we all saw this coming! Although Mourinho has pushed his statement and I dont believe conspiracy theroies, but the guy was on the money with “¿por qué?”

  17. Sanny permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:14

    While a few might initially have been skeptical that Busquets lips were mouthing the phrase “mono, mono”, it is more than 100% clear to anyone with eyes he is in no way saying “mucho morro”. So that being the case, everyone (even UEFA) should be convinced without a doubt that Busquets and Barcelona are lying about what was said.

    As it stands in a worst case situation you have one side who you might not be sure is telling the truth (Marcelo’s and RM’s side) and then you have the other side who while you might not be sure said “mono, mono”, you know for a fact, without needing to be some advanced lip reader, that their explanation of “mucho morro” is a bold-faced lie (Busquet’s and Barca’s side). So what other reason could there be for Busquets to lie about what he said if it wasn’t “mono, mono” or something as equally offensive? There’s none. IMO this whole thing seemed pretty obvious from the get go and once Busquets and Barca supplied that unbelievable “mucho morro” explanation it became even more so to the point that there couldn’t be any doubt. There really is no way UEFA can claim there wasn’t enough strong evidence.

  18. evvl permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:14

    How much is farca paying UEFA every year to get this kind of special treatment

  19. nadi permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:25

    UEFA sucks

  20. Jennifer permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:50

    That game sounds like a surefire way to induce alcohol poisoning before the end of the first half.

    Seriously, though. This is utterly, completely disgusting and despicable. UEFA have really outdone themselves this time.

  21. May 16, 2011 14:51

    Ha, totally expecting that! Yeah, just let someone who makes a racist remark off the hook and punish someone who’s just speaking his opinion. IDK what to say anymore. I’m just…, ugh, I hope they don’t win the Champions League title. I really, really, really hope not.

  22. sam permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:57

    LOL Una!

    That would definitely be a dangerous drinking game… I might try it! Might help with seeing Barca in the final. :-p

    On the other hand.. sooo true. No one is surprised. 😦

  23. browneyedgirl permalink
    May 16, 2011 14:57

    well I am surprised 😦
    I actually thought UEFA would do something but…… 😦

  24. @ UNA!!!! permalink
    May 16, 2011 15:03


    Una, his antics didn’t matter when it meant Spain were World Champions right? But now it does! You know, Madrid have more divers/unsportsmen players than Barca. What if Busi really said “Mucho burro”?

    They say that the four classicos has changed the relationship between Madrid and Barca. But, unfortunately, it has also changed you, Una! I remember reading your blog without even commenting coz black was black and white was white. Now I feel like reading a bitter Madridista who’s so dissapointed with the fact that her team won one “small” (small compared to the other two) title so she’s blaming something that has nothing to do with anything!… Mou has changed Madrid and their fans too…

    What do you know? The guy is “special” 😦

    • May 16, 2011 15:13

      If you change your user id one more time, you will be banned. (To everyone else: this is Catalanway -the latest name s/he used- of course.)

      I don’t believe Sergio Busquets racially insulted anyone during the World Cup. That’s what the essence of this post is about. He didn’t blatantly dive/act during that tournament either, so can we draw the conclusion it’s something he only does when with Barcelona? And there’s no way he said – to quote you – “Mucho burro.”

      And I have a solution if you think I’ve become bitter – STOP READING. I’m not disappointed that Madrid won a “small” title – I am so proud of Madrid for winning the Copa del Rey. And in fact, you sound a bit bitter for your team losing that Cup, which is why you have to belittle it each time you can. Plus, I’m perfectly happy with being the madridista I am, but thank you so much for your concern.

      • mickymacky05 permalink
        May 16, 2011 15:57

        catalanway just has the hots for you una, can’t keep away from your blog, and keeps spouting utter tripe so you’d pay attention…

      • jellyace permalink
        May 16, 2011 18:35

        Please, Una, don’t be like UEFA and conduct a sham investigation. Just ban catalanway already!

    • Samira permalink
      May 16, 2011 15:26

      Sweetie, i would advise you to step away from the keyboard. Clearly you’ve become bereft of any common sense one would expect the average person to possess.

      As for your comments. Really? I think you’re blinded by your love for Barcelona [which is fine, so long as you would have the decency to admit it] *shrugs*

      —-> In the words of Beyonce, ‘to the left, to the left’!

      • maddy permalink
        May 16, 2011 20:32

        am i the only one who finds it weird that someone who thinks “Madrid have more divers/unsportsmen players than Barca.” and “madrid win small useless titles” reads this blog on a regular basis? i mean for what? i would never go and read a barca blog because i already know i would disagree with everything said on it.

    • Pammie permalink
      May 16, 2011 18:28

      catalanway, don’t you have better things to do than troll on a blog that’s dedicated to a club you don’t support? You claim someone’s obsessed with another club and yet you are the one who’s posting at following Real Madrid. Do you think it makes you a better cule if you go trolling?

      Go out, live a little, stretch into the sun, smell some poppies in a field – do yourself, the humility of your club and us all a favour and leave UM alone.

  25. LaBlanca permalink
    May 16, 2011 15:09

    pfff as I said. First I thought, Mou overdid in his famous presser. But the more I read about UEFA and Barca the more I think he was right.

    UEFA is really loosing credibility. And yes, sorry for Marcelo, who really doesnt deserve this.

  26. Samira permalink
    May 16, 2011 15:20

    I’m so tired of it all to be perfectly honest. Only thing one can do at this very moment is enjoy Cris imprinting his name in La Liga history. 51 with yet another game to go. This ladies & gentlemen is what’s preventing me from completely going ballistic over this matter. My sanity is being kept intact by a certain number 7! ^_^

  27. KDJ permalink
    May 16, 2011 15:31

    @catalanway/una!!!! > You sounded bitter and tragic my friend… You may thought your belittling will make you happier, but it slowly eats your heart away, until it’s only the size of a pea. But hey, then you’re a perfect match for Barca, who has no heart, no morale, no ethics at all. Congratulation for your match made in heaven!

  28. Vanessa permalink
    May 16, 2011 15:55

    No surprise here! I do have a question, in their statment it says they reject Madrid’s claim? I thought it was them who started the case?

    Its pretty clear they had to open a investigation because of the uproar it caused but never did believe anything would happen to Busquets. The UEFA really does need to get their heads our of their bums 🙂

  29. Lorelei permalink
    May 16, 2011 16:19

    I’m not surprised at all; this is exactly the decision I was expecting. However, I am still mad as hell over the incomprehensible uselessness of UEFA. Not enough evidence? Where was the evidence when they fined our club, our players, and also banned our coach for the forced red cards against Ajax? All they had was a video of them talking with their mouths covered (given that criteria, I would have expected UEFA to jump all over Busquets) and Xabi and Sergio’s silly time-wasting dances. Not to mention the fact that forcing a card (which they couldn’t even prove without a shadow of a doubt, either) isn’t explicitly against the UEFA’s rules, unlike, say, racism.

    Also, you don’t need to speak Spanish or be a lip-reader to know that your mouth makes different shapes when you make an “oo” sound as opposed to an “oh” sound. Mucho murro, my ass.

    So to sum it up: Covering your mouth while talking is enough evidence to punish Real Madrid for getting two players to miss a dead rubber game, but it is not enough to punish a racist slur even though you can still see his mouth. And UEFA protects free speech for everyone except for Mou. UEFA keeps proving that Mou was right. And while on the subject, where is Barca’s fine for their pitch invader?

    Marcelo doesn’t deserve this but he will continue to be awesome while Busquets just continues to be a racist diver. At least this is all over until August. Now we can focus on awesome things like Cris’s goal record and the benefit game in Murcia on Wednesday.

    • black widow permalink
      May 17, 2011 05:12

      i was going to post a comment of my own, but you echoed everything i wanted to say, word for word, perfectly.

      the hypocrisy shown by UEFA, the bias, the farcial nature of this entire incident, the double standard … all of it is an absolute disgrace.

      i hope manchester slaughters barca on the 28th.

  30. Gillian permalink
    May 16, 2011 16:39

    I think it’s really disgraceful, but it goes to show that UEFA doesn’t take racism seriously at all.

  31. May 16, 2011 17:26

    I am not surprised at all, it is totally expected from the incompetent and hypocrite institution which is UEFA.

  32. May 16, 2011 17:28

    I’d be lying if I said I was surprised. But the fact that I’m not surprised disgusts me almost as much as what Busquets said and that UEFA cleared him.

    I thought I’d share these two little snippets…

    1) While watching Manchester United vs Blackburn the commentators (one of which was Steve McManaman) were talking about. Both of them agreed that they expected UEFA to find Busquets guilty. If anyone wants to challenge McManaman’s bias toward Real Madrid, go ahead. But he’s consistently been one of ESPN’s most neutral commentators.

    2) USA international and current Bursaspor player (on loan from Villareal) is also disgusted by the verdict. His words on Twitter were “Wow call a player a monkey on tv and it’s all good huh? #shame”
    If you want to see his comment for yourself, it’s @JozyAltidore17 on Twitter. Jozy has no bias toward either team. In fact, the majority of the time he has only good things to say about Barcelona. Through all the clasicos he spoke of how great Barcelona is.

    I’m a United fan anyway, but this all just adds fuel to my fire. But hey, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ref for the Champions League final has already been “bought”

  33. carla permalink
    May 16, 2011 17:58

    viscaaaaa barcaaaaa

  34. Pammie permalink
    May 16, 2011 18:36

    I’m not surprised at all, but still disappointed and feeling bad for Marcelo.

    They fined our players for unsporting behaviour in the Ajax match (not saying I was proud of that!), based on the so called evidence of a chain of command video and claiming intent in the player’s behaviour- I think most people are sure that they deliberately provoked the cards, but my point is: How did they proof intent? They didn’t. They just fined them based on practically nothing. And still many other teams who did it before and after went unpunished.

    In this case there is a video, which is open for all kinds of lip readers to interpret (and I hope it wasn’t only our club who used lip readers to give their expert opinion) and the statement of the affected player. And still they claim that this wasn’t enough evidence. Maybe it would have been enough evidence, if it were another player in another team and it weren’t about Busquets being able to play in the finale?

  35. ile permalink
    May 16, 2011 18:38

    I think will be drunk in the 5 min.

  36. Sunny permalink
    May 16, 2011 19:02

    So according to UEFA, neckwarmers, sarcasm, swearing and whispering are all punishable offenses, but racism is okay? I see.

    • LaBlanca permalink
      May 17, 2011 13:18

      you forgot about lifting shirts!!!!!

  37. May 16, 2011 19:52

    The lack of strong and convincing eveidence….

    Even the defense lawyer in me is laughing inside. You’ve got the tape, UEFA, heloooooo!

    At least people can think what they want about this situation, until UEFA sanctions us for sarcasm….LOL and the bad taste it left is going to last for a long time.

    anyway, it will be an interesting match between those two, Manchester and Barcelona. For the first time, as a Liverpoll fan, I will be somehow supporting Manchester United (even though they have beaten Schalke with RAUL). Just because they are the underdog here, as many people say.

  38. Ros permalink
    May 16, 2011 19:59

    I am both relieved and disappointed by this statement. Relieved because, hopefully, now that situation is over. Disappointed because someday, someone needs to put their foot down hard on the issue of racism.

    Having said that, I am not willing to say it is an easy or straightforward issue. Racism and prejudices are never easy issues because they assign intentions to certain behaviors. Some actions are more blatant than others (saying “mono, mono”) but others are more nebulous, i.c. Did someone foul another person because of his race, or because he wanted to get the ball?

    On top of that, there will always be people who try to get away with as much “disallowed stuff” as possible. (This is not a statement pointing fingers at particular people; it comes from years of teaching experience – most people like to get away with stuff.) The enforcement of racist regulations will mean many people being alert to the issue and consistent with the consequences. But on the other hand, well-meaning people do dumb stuff, whether out of ignorance or just not thinking. So if the rules are applied consistently, it will probably mean that some well-meaning people are also punished. This is not an argument against being hard on racism, just an example of its difficulty.

    So, perhaps UEFA is ignoring the issue. Or perhaps they believed this was not the situation to begin tackling the difficult subject of racism. Either way, I may disagree, but at the same time I can understand the decision.

    This is not to say I understand or agree with other UEFA decisions. I think they have shown themselves to be very unhelpful. However, the accusation of “playing favorites” is also assigning intentions to certain actions, and therefore rather difficult to prove.

  39. LaBlanca permalink
    May 16, 2011 20:18

    have a few more comments:
    1 – “due to a lack of strong and convincing evidence.‬” have they even asked Marcelo? Or does he need to play with a bananas and louse his colleagues now that UEFA takes action?
    2 – UEFA didnt need a convincing evidence when they banned Mou and sanctioned Iker, Dudek, Xabi and Ramos back in November, right?
    3 – Villa: “La UEFA ha hecho justicia” – Im so sick how Cules not only cover but even praise what Busquets has done.
    4 – not surprised at all UEFA doesnt investigate Barcas theater either.

    Go on UEFA, you make a joke of yourself. Anti- Racism, Fair Play …………mucho morro!

  40. maddy permalink
    May 16, 2011 20:37

    i’m going to be uncharacteristically positive and say the one good thing that came out of the clasicos is that the world saw the real barcelona. before, barcelona could do no wrong, they were more than a club. now everyone knows they have an ugly side. yesterday, a villareal player sarcastically applauded the ref a la mourinho, the commentator said “that was enough to get mourinho banned, but not this player”. when a player shoots towards goal after the offside flag/whistle, the commentator says “that was enough to get robin van persie sent off”.

    • DebS permalink
      May 18, 2011 04:27

      am glad to hear the commentator tell it like it is. I’ve heard too many commentators criticize Mou, including Macca (sp?) after all this hoopla. It’s nice to see that not everyone is a Mou hater.

  41. May 16, 2011 20:55

    I will definitely do this drinking game, when I’m drunk after 10 minutes I will miss the rest of the match and I don’t have to be angry about bad acting and and other annoying things.;)

    Just kidding, I hope Manchester will kick their butts! Very hard! That would make my day…or should I say my season? 😉

  42. DebS permalink
    May 16, 2011 21:25

    I’m literaly fuming. I sent a message to UEFA via their website:

    ‘ “UEFA rules on Busquets complaint”

    This is a disgrace but not surprising. After all the claim was against Barca, right?

    Both you and Barca may as well remove your anti-racism promotions because the world has seen how much a joke it is to both organizations. It’s one thing to talk about it but you had a PERFECT opportunity to denounce it and yet you decide not too. How on earth do you expect the fans to stop their racist chants when the governing football body has said it’s fine for players to do it to one another.

    Don’t expect thank you notes or congratulations from all your non-white athletes nor fans. You certainly won’t be getting any from me, a Caucasian American.’

    Obviously, communications from fans mean nothing to UEFA but I had to put my 2 cents in.

  43. cisarovna permalink
    May 16, 2011 21:46

    I read a comment where someone pointed out that with the Madrid/Axaj/Red Card incident UEFA there as no evidence to support the charges (no lips to read), yet Madrid as a club was still found guilty. Funny how when there was a shred of actual evidence to support the claims, the decision went the other way. I know charges of racism are pretty severe, but I just wish the process was more consistent and transparent. There should have been a clear explanation as to why the charges were brought up so long after the game, and also the grounds for dismissal (ie insufficient evidence). They should at least pretend to be fair.

    • cisarovna permalink
      May 17, 2011 00:17

      So my mistake, I did not realize that UEFA did make the announcement themselves about lacking evidence, but doesn’t it seem odd that ” The chairman of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, acting as a judge sitting alone” made the ruling? FARCE?

  44. May 16, 2011 23:48

    I am beyond disgusted. Even if I am not surprised in the least bit.

  45. Abi permalink
    May 17, 2011 03:16

    Well, its official! My 7 year old nephew has more guts than UEFA and Busquets combined. Not surprised at all, i think they started the whole thing just so people would see them as a more open or fair institution, i dont know. I just see UEFA as a big joke. Ang again if Barca is even half the club they claim to be, this shouldnt sit right by them.

    And I swear if i have to hear another cule downplay the CdR one more time.. Dont get me started on the trophy cabinet. We have NINE for the CL.. Barca has 3, even Raul alone has that much, i mean cmon.. Try to keep up, no? Im just saying!

    • DebS permalink
      May 18, 2011 04:32

      As much as Barca/Cules want people to believe that the CdR means nothing, Madrid winning that title kept Barca from the treble. obviously DID mean something to Barca, which is why they took the CdR seriously this year.

    • black widow permalink
      May 18, 2011 07:10

      it’s such a load of bollocks, because you know if barca had won the copa del rey, they would have celebrated, had a victory parade, rubbed it in our faces and announced what an important honour it was to win that trophy (politics aside, i’m talking just about bringing home the hardware). but because we won and they didn’t, all of a sudden, it’s a minor and insignificant award. what. ever. *rolling eyes*

  46. Blau permalink
    May 18, 2011 15:15

    Hey, I’m a cule and honestly would just like to apologise for the actions of Busquets against Marcelo, as well as some comments from fellow cules.

    At first I was a little skeptical that he did say something racist, as none of us are professional lip readers and even those that are can come with bias. However he tried to cover it up by saying he said “mucho morro” which anyone can tell was definitely not the case! If it wasn’t “mono” then tell the truth, don’t make up something else. Which to me just proves he was guilty in the first place.

    I’m also ashamed that my club has done absolutely nothing about this other than make a statement that players “make mistakes”… racism is not a mistake. Who knows if Busquets is actually a racist, he could have just made a stupid comment (and that’s probably the case here), but the comment itself was still racist and really needed to be dealt with. Sad.

    Una, I am a regular reader of your Con la Roja blog so I know you are a huge fan of the Spanish NT. What are your thoughts from the perspective of not a madridista, but a fan of the national team? Do you think that all this animosity between Barca and Madrid lately will cause a problem within the squad? Personally I would like to think that players like Iker and Puyol would be able to pull everyone together at least from a professional standpoint, but I still worry. How will Madrid Spanish players treat Busquets now that they know he has racially insulted one of their clubmates, etc.

    • May 18, 2011 16:28

      I think the team will be alright. They’re all mature people, they have a long history together and if there are any leftover issues, I’m sure they’ll talk about it. I don’t know how Madrid’s players will treat Busquets after he racially insulted one of their teammates, but I believe if that was the case, then every single player on La Roja should demand an explanation from Busquets, including his own club teammates. But as he told everyone that he said “mucho murro,” the issue is pretty much at a stalemate because it comes down to Busquets’ word vs. Marcelo’s.


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