An Open Letter To Barcelona FC

By on May 27, 2011

Dear Barcelona players, coaches staff.

Firstly, I would like to extend my congratulations to you for reaching the European Cup final for the seventh time in your 111 year history. It is of course, a wonderful achievement, and you will exercise the privilege to play against the English Champions Manchester United at the wonderful stadium that is Wembley in North-West London.

As I am absolutely sure you have heard countless times, your football can often be quite stunning, with “out of this world” passing and movement, ferociously graceful and relentless attacking ability and football players with stunning quality. Yes, it is true, you deserve to be in the final on your footballing merits.

However, there is another side to your team which fans and admiring pundits often hide away from. Many are so blinded by the talent that the team possess, they are distracted, or perhaps use selective viewing to ignore many of he areas most unwelcome in a fair game. I am sure you would also like to gloss over the subject I am talking about, and allow the praise to rain on you without a hailstone knocking you out.

Well put your umbrella’s up, because the hailstone is coming, and it’s been coming for a while now.

Cast your minds back to your Champions League semi-final, and even fans, admiring pundits and neutrals all over the world could not cover for you as they watched as you used disgraceful, anti-footballing tactics to gain the advantage. What am I talking about? I’m sure you already know – after all, you were the ones committing the offences. Diving? Gamesmanship? – Cheating?

I know this would be the point when you would like to stop reading, screw up the letter and forget what I say, muttering furiously under your breath about how wrong I am, and how your football is what the world wants to see. “Cheating” is of course, a very strong word, and a terrible accusation, but unfortunately, the name of Barcelona may forever be associated with it if you do not stop.

If you are still reading, then I would just like to ask a few players in particular who will be playing against Manchester United on Saturday a question. Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Javier Mascherano, this next message is aimed at you:

Bear in mind that not everyone will be at Wembley on Saturday. Bear in mind that millions will be watching on televisions – high definition televisions, with the added advantage of slow motion replays. Please, please, please, would you refrain from diving, or I, and many other football fans around the world will need a new television – and a new window, because the two may be colliding viciously if we see any what was seen in the previous Champions League games.

Reluctantly, I wish you good luck for Saturday, as I very much hope that Manchester United v Barcelona will be a fair, diving free zone, and will not go down in history as a farce of a game. I also hope that the referee of the game is not in any way influenced by outside party’s, and I hope he will not need to reach for his pockets and little black book to withdraw some cards – whatever colour.

I do not want to see a repeat of the red for van Persie when you played Arsenal, nor do I want to see a repeat of the first leg of the Real Madrid semi-final.

Thank you for your time,

DBS Football

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22 Comments

  1. Matt

    May 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I could not agree more.

    Nothing annoys me more than weak referees being conned by half hearted acting, it IS cheating!! But it is a tactic employed by many, if not most of the teams in Spain and Italy. Football on the continent is not a game played by men.

  2. Neutral

    May 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Oh please!!!!! Give me a break. I advise you to watch those matches again in which you are referring to. Why are you not talking about the kicking and anti-football against Barca. You are so nervous and scared that you had to write this huh. It’s old stuff, be more neutral.

  3. deejay

    May 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    One thing is absolutely certain… There will be a manu player sent off due to the diving cheating throat grabbing thugs of barcelona. they will attempt to influence the referee, if they havent already done so with a brown envelope. I hope biscuit and evra have a head on collision, with some serious damagre. Having said all that, i hope the s**m from barcelona, beat the s**m from manchester.

    • goonermichael

      May 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Vidic will be sent off because he deserves to. He won’t have webb or dowd to help him out.

    • Ishan

      May 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      MAN U is full of saints right? Paul Scholes does not make leg breaking tackles, you guys never cherished Cristiano when he dived and scored through free kick. Dude you guys have no locus to talk about fairness. What barca did and what madrid did on field was equally terrible but you have to look at the entire circumstances in which the matches were being played. I am sure you guys are the one who would support the ridiculous thoughts of UEFA AND UNICEF controversy forgetting the fact that Catalonia itself was and has been anthesis to spain. Also about the cards the circumstances were dubious – what bout INTER BARCA ? Alves denied pen, offside goals by Milito. I forgot there is no point arguing with the Manu Fans because they know nothing except crying. You guys if Real Madrid have reached the final you would have beaten them? I assure you people like would still be crying and Let me tell you Real Madrid if they ever play your side under Jose they will shoot you in the ass.. Get a life ..

    • Ishan

      May 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Red card? Fair play? Still crying that you did not get a penalty? Rooney was not given a free kick? Oh so bad for you it all appears to be UNICEF AND UEFA controversy. ahahah 🙂 MUFC Rest in peace. Respect Edwin Van Dar SaaaR !

  4. Ron

    May 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Its unfair, top english teams have top divers too.

    Only difference being they play for the foul, its a way to keep possesion.

    In england you play dive only when you are losing and looking at a penalty.

    Dont call spanish and italian team divers, the game of football is basically a bunch of men in skirts tossing a ball compared to the real men in rugby…and this is coming from someone who hates rugby.

  5. king gooner

    May 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    wouldn’t be a MANURE lover writing this crap would it?yeah,shrek doesn’t dive,vidic,fletcher are saints,scolezee doesn’t attempt subtle leg breaking snide tackles & of course MANURE players woudn’t dream of pressurising a ref/lino by constantly surrounding & harranging them-me thinks you’re worried because there is no epl ref in your back pocket for this match-pot & kettle anyone?

  6. Cule

    May 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    @Matt – The Prem is so pure & clean, right? PLEASE!

    @deejay – Stope hiding behind a fake name Liam Gallagher, we all know that’s you

    @DBSFootball – This is a poor excuse for an article in whichever shape or form you may want to present it in. On the other hand, i hear Mourinho is hiring some new media relations personnel at Madrid for next year, why?

    I don’t respect the opinions of any of the drivel written here but i do respect your freedom & right to voice it. After all, we do live in a democracy. Thank goodness for that.

    • Bob

      May 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      It’s not a great article, but it’s still factually correct. That Man Utd players dive as well is irrelevant, he’s talking about Barcelona here. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  7. andrea

    May 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    So what you are saying is that Man United are a bunch of saints. had you done your home work, you might find that your precious club (all those goals scored in extra time, I mean extra extra time & a hand ball or two has helped Manu go the extra mile) excuse the pun. So before you start pointing fingers, make sure your house is in order. Barca4life

  8. John

    May 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Waiting for your open letter to Manu, or more specifically Rooney, the biggest diver in EPL after Gerrard.

  9. Zaland arsenal

    May 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    They both r cheaters . Manu won barclays by cheating all da decisions in da matches r with theam . N barca all of us no they were out in da play offs of c l . Real champ is arsenal they have beaten both da finalists

  10. CM

    May 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The biggest cheats in England v the biggest cheats in Europe.
    Wow, how exciting.
    No Howard Webb to the rescue for Manu this time, so looks like an easy Barca win.

  11. Robdogooner

    May 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I hope the pitch gets struck by lightening or a massive tornado or someother massive natural disaster. Tsunami up the thames maybe….
    if that happens and both Manure and Farcalona’s teams perish it could be the start of a long run of trophies for the red and white

    • goonermichael

      May 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      My thoughts exactly. We’re not bitter are we 🙂 A dirty bomb maybe?

  12. para

    May 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I have not yet once seen a football game where some form of cheating has not taken place, sometimes it comes of sometimes not. It sickens me though, but it seems to be part and parcel of the modern game, to win at all costs.
    When i listen to the sport comentator’s comments on some obvious fouls and dives and cheating, it amazes me if they are watching the same match as i am,but of course they are scared of being wrong and take the easy way out.
    I have always wondered why refs are not given strict rules: crowd the ref – yellow cards, touch another player with hands – yellow card, tackle with 2 feet off the ground – red card etmake the rules consistent. I hear this a lot “oh the ref is being lienient”, what an opening for personal and official bais.
    This should not be possible at all.
    Something needs to change soon, else football will continue to descend into laughability.

  13. para

    May 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I have not yet once seen a football game where some form of cheating has not taken place, sometimes it comes of sometimes not. It sickens me though, but it seems to be part and parcel of the modern game, to win at all costs.
    When i listen to the sport comentator’s comments on some obvious fouls and dives and cheating, it amazes me if they are watching the same match as i am,but of course they are scared of being wrong and take the easy way out.
    I have always wondered why refs are not given strict rules: crowd the ref – yellow cards, touch another player with hands – yellow card, tackle with 2 feet off the ground – red card and make the rules consistent. I hear this a lot “oh the ref is being lienient”, what an opening for personal and official bais.
    This should not be possible at all.
    Something needs to change soon, else football will continue to descend into laughability.

  14. goonermichael

    May 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I agree that barca are cheats but the mancs are just as bad. Shame they can’t both lose

  15. Ishan

    May 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Manu fans why cant you just mind your own business? Bloody your people are saints? We have seen you guys cherishing Cristinao Ronaldo for his dives, nani is pure as ganga, Paul Scholes is Touch me not types( bloody leg breaking tackles you guys do). You guys are shitting your paints because you guys have to face barcelona. Be brave and face them and stop anticipating already that one of the Man U Player will get sent off or some shit. @ Deejay – firstly what a gay name is that and secondly stop crying and get a life. You guys have no bloody locus to talk about fairness. To the author of this article – go fuck yourself – if you want to see what beautiful football is go watch 5-0 Barcelona taking down Real Madrid and after todays final you can go and watch highlights of Barcelona thrashing Manure… Losers ..

  16. redevilandrew

    May 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Seems to me ost comments here are from jewlous underachievers. Barca-ManU fans enjoy your game. Its already exciting even fans of those who could not make your achievements and those with empty hands for 7 seasons. Make them envy you the more with a beautiful workout tomorrow. Forza ManU – Forza Barca.

    • adam

      May 28, 2011 at 4:43 am

      Nice one. I enjoy your respect for both teams. I urge more people to be open minded and respectful of the teams they do not support. All teams have an ugly side, and until we stop pointing fingers and start proposing solutions, nothing positive will come.

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