Well it turns out the comments about the Socceroos biggest opponent being the referee sadly came true AGAIN in the match against Italy. I’m absolutely gutted and it has completely soured my feelings about football. A guy at work mentioned a few days ago about there being a conspiracy to get the big teams in to the final 8 and last night’s match did nothing to weaken his argument. Half the Italian team are in clubs that are being investigated for match fixing and I’m just wondering how much money they placed in the Ref’s pocket in the second half. They probably slipped it in during one of their “falls”.
I should be writing about the great overtime goal that Viduka scored to get Australia through to a match against the Ukraine, but instead I have replay the horrific dive that the appropriately named Grosso took to cheat us out of real ending. I would have no problems if Italy had played us off the park but to go out in the final seconds without even a chance for a reply is just blatenly unfair.
The worst thing above it all is Australian television is harping on about all the diving. If Fifa and Football Australia wanted to get an entire country to start supporting soccer at home then Italy and the Referee have made the job that much harder. Who can call it the beautfiul game after that decision?