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Yeah, That Hurts

Man City's Michael Ball is in a bit of trouble for stomping on Man U's Cristiano Ronaldo. Come on, admit it, you wanted to do the same thing to the sneaky one, didn't ya?

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2007; 7:33 PM ET
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Whoa!!! When are players going to learn that all eyes are on you? You aren't going to get away with anything even if the refs do not see it. IMO that Man City player should be banned for a season.

Time to find the beautiful game again without thugs. Jorge Valdano was correct in his criticism of the EPL too (Jose and Rafael in particular.)

Posted by: delantero | May 8, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

it should have been a foot lower or two feet higher.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2007 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Players like Ball are a dime a dozen. C Ronaldo displays the magic that makes soccer such a beautiful game (though his diving needs to go). It's time to kick this Ball back to the bench.

Posted by: Save Tibet, Not Iraq | May 8, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if he's gonna keep diving in England he can look forward to more incidents like that.

Even in Spain some people appreciate that there's not much diving in the English game and it comes from players not tolerating it...

Posted by: Matt | May 8, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I love Christiano Ronaldo's skill, but he's asking for it with his blatant and persistant diving.

If the refs cracked down on diving more, players like Ball wouldn't feel the need to take matters in their own hands.

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | May 8, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

He obviously dove under Ball's boot. Sneaky bugger. When will he ever learn. Silly bugger.

Posted by: Erick | May 8, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Trouble? He should be Sir Michael Ball after that!

Posted by: Kim | May 9, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Zidane got a red for that in the WC98 match against Saudi Arabia. Maybe Ball's next trick will be the head-butt.

Players who dive should get a red card with a diagonal white stripe.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 9, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than a vicious foul on a talented player, is people using the term "beautiful game". That should be banned.

Hope Ronaldo's OK for the Cup Final - they have to beat Chelsea.

Posted by: Kev | May 9, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

He's so good at diving, he made that look like Ball stepped on him.

Seriously, if he's the world's best player, why does he need to flop?

Until this last world cup (and one incident) Henry didn't flop, at least not like the peacock.

Posted by: DCAustinite | May 9, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Ball needs to take his meds. This happen about 2 minutes into the match. Not sure what he was trying to accomplish. Justice was served up twice for Mr. Ball. First, when giving up a PK for tripping Ronaldo in the 18 (which was not a dive btw). Second, when Darius Vassel's PK attempt was block late in the match to secure the 3 points for Man U. Oh yeah, the PK was awarded when Mr. Ball had a very Ronaldo-like dive in the penalty area.

Posted by: Section 108 | May 9, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

This is a bad clip. I ant to know how the trail referee's assistant and the referee missed this ... Three defenders around the ball and you're not sticky? Why is there not a foul called on the hatchet job from the defender coming in from the left? Wow.

There is no room for something like that in the game. We should be looking at the rest of this season and the first ten to fifteen games of next season ban.

Posted by: G-Unit | May 9, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Three games does seem pretty light. I'm not surprised the referee and AR both missed it. The referee was following the play and the stomp came well after the ball was gone. The AR is most likely regaining his position with the 2nd last defender. Why no foul call? It's Engerland, that's why.

Posted by: Glenn | May 9, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Ironically, Ronaldo seems to be diving less and scoring more this season. I suspect SAF talked to him after the World Cup. I am not fan of ManU, but I enjoy watching Ronaldo with the ball at his feet.

Posted by: ho | May 9, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Some people need to chill with accusing Ronaldo of diving. Yes he used to be a serial diver. But anyone who has watched this season knows he's significantly cut it out of his game (and similarly so has Didier Drogba, and look who were the two players head and shoulders above all else in the English game). He goes to ground a lot because people do foul him an abnormally high amount. He's so unbelievably fast you can't possibly not go to ground even at the slightest knock that sends you off balance. And going for plays that draw true fouls are good plays, how many people knock Dwayne Wade or Allen Iverson because they drive the lane and draw fouls all the time. Appreciate the skill and beauty, kick thugs like Ball out of the league.

Posted by: G-Dub | May 9, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Manchester United fan (I've made no secret of that since there was a soccer blog -- World Cup on this site). I love Ronaldo. He's flashy, and there isn't much more exciting than watching him run at -- or by -- defenders. I hate his diving, but I think that he's doing that a lot less these days. It'll take awhile to live the reputation down, to be sure. But to stamp someone? Totally classless. You'd expect it on Derby Day, though. Ball deserves his ban.

There are a lot of players I dislike -- but I don't think that I've ever wished injury on them, or screamed for United to break their legs, or stamp on them when they're down. That's not needed in this game (or any other, for that matter).

Posted by: Deanna | May 9, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"I've made no secret of that since there was a soccer blog "

The only thing you would need to keep secret is if you're a Red Steer fan.

Speaking of things that hurt, did anyone else read that Freddy is using his head? The Headgear III, coming soon to a golf course near you. Can't believe that El Esteban isn't on top of that story.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 9, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The only flopping in that game was Ball, the same one who stomped on Ronaldo, and the referee awarded him one of the worst deserved PKs of the season. Of course it was missed so no one makes an issue of it.

Posted by: ilab | May 9, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

My new favorite player. Stomp the guts out of that diver!!

Posted by: Michael Ball for President! | May 9, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"It'll take awhile to live the reputation down, to be sure."

I'm sorry, but after the WC, there's no living that one down. WC was really his big breakout, yet he ruined it with diving.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't normally get all finger-pointy, but everyone condoning this - even tongue in cheek - should be ashamed of themselves.

Yes, diving is pathetic and needs to be better policed, but that is NO excuse for stomping on another man's chest like a freaking coward.

They should ban the punk for months at the minimum.

Posted by: Shmoo | May 9, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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