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Suarez Shocker!

Luis Suarez pulled a Tyson on the world and bit a player?? During a game!??       *Gasp* *Shock* *Horror*

 

Luis2So, for those who didn’t hear the news, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bit someone. He actually opened his mouth and suck his teeth into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, leaving him with a bruised arm.

Now the funny thing for me was not that Suarez actually bit someone, but that the world was so suprised!

First, they were suprised and shocked at the incident. [Which happened as Liverpool was losing. Coincidence?]

Second, they were shocked when the English FA decided that a ban longer than the usual three games is warranted.

Third, they were shocked at the severity of the punishment which was eventually handed down, a TEN game ban.

Ivanovic's response

Ivanovic’s response

I’m sorry, did no one realise that this was Luis Suarez we were dealing with here?? This man has a long list of “misdemenours” in football and this isn’t even the first time he’s gotten into trouble for

biting.

In case you weren’t aware, Suarez bit another player in 2010, while playing for Ajax Amsterdam, shortly before signing with Liverpool, for which he got a 7 game ban and a fine from the Dutch FA. [And was dubbed the “Cannibal of Ajax”]

Also in 2010, during the World Cup, he ended up in the headlines for a deliberate handball on the goal line, preventing Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah from scoring, for which he was sent off. He was later seen celebrating from the sidelines when Ghana missed the awarded penalty.

Luis SuarezThen in 2011, he had to serve an 8 game ban and a fine for racially abusing Patrice Evra and when he came back from that ban and played against him, he refused to shaked his hand.Luis (Chelseas-Branislav-Ivanovic-inspects-his-arm-after-being-bitten-by-Luis-Suarez)

A week later he received a 1 game ban for making “an offensive gesture” to Fulham fans.

In 2012 he got some bad press for refusing to shake hands with Evra of Manchester United.

This is the guy who, after pleading guilty to the bite incident and the charge of violent conduct, denied the claim that the standard punishment is insufficient.

 

After the ruling was announced, Liverpool’s Managing Director, Ian Ayre declared, “Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision. We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.”

The only thing that shocked and diLuis3sappointed me was the fact that they thought this was severe! What else is the commission supposed to do when his history shows that he is not learning from the punishments he is given??

The incident led to a lot of bad press and condemnation for Liverpool with fans and the general public alike, all asking for Suarez to be sold at the end of the season, but the management has responded with a resounding no. Despite the damage to their reputation, Liverpool management are adamant that Suarez is a great player (he is currently their leading goal-scorer) and they say that they will work with him and try to manage his anger and discipline because he is a very important player to the club.

“As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract.” said Ayre. “He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to (manager) Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”

All in all, I think Suarez has consistently shown himself to be a player willing to do anything in the game. He has a clear disregard for any rules, or conduct laws, as well as for any body that might try to impose any form of discipline. All in all, he is a horrible sportsman and role model, so I don’t see why everyone else was so shocked and suprised, has he not BEEN showing you what kind of person he is??

As one person on the interweb said, “Biting is for raccoons, rats and the rabid.”

In any case, Suarez is appealing the ban and the case will be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission, so we wait with bated breath…[not!]

 

You can view the video for yourselves at:

Also, Luis Suarez’s Top 5 Most Controversial Moments:

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Mourinho’s Unshakeable Faith

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Most of the football watching world was shocked, flabbergasted, delighted (for the haters) and heartbroken in the last week, when both Spanish super teams were knocked out of the Champions DortmundRealMadrid2League in the first leg of the semi-finals.

As if fate was watching and playing a cruel joke, first Barcelona, who have been on top of the football world for a good many years, were shocked when they got the thrashing of their lives from Bayern Munich, coming out with a score of 4-0. This got everyone asking, “is the era of Barca domination finally over?”

The very next day, Real Madrid saw their fate heading in the same direction before Christiano Ronaldo salvaged their dignity with a lone goal. They were beaten 4-1 by Dortmund but with the unshakeable faith of “The Special One”, Jose Mourinho has let the world know that Madrid can still come out of this to be in the final.

When everyone else had already decided that it would be an all-German final, Mourinho let the world know that this war was not over. The next game for Madrid will be on their home turf, the Bernabeu on Tuesday and The Special One has promised the world that they will see a fight from his team.

Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid coach

Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid coach

“I have learnt that anything can happen in football, it will be tough next week, but nothing is impossible and my footballers will try to show that next Tuesday,” said Mourinho. He also congratulated Dortmund, saying that they were the best team by far and that they played better and deserved their victory.

Congratulations have to go to Lewandowski who scored all four goals for Dortmund to become the first player to ever score four goals in a

Champions League semi-final.

Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp said that despite the win, his team is still going to exercise caution, stay focused and play their best game in Madrid.

Lewandowski

Lewandowski

“…we have to go to Fortuna Duesseldorf, in Bundesliga, then Madrid for the second game and there is still a lot to do. I don’t have the feeling we’re favourites, we produced

an exceptional game against a fantastic team, there could have been worse results and we’d still have to go there, we just want to reach the final,” said Klopp.

So while Dortmund takes the cautious route and practises and Real try to figure out what went wrong, all of Spain, Germany and other global supporters sit on the edge of their seats, because now, without a doubt, it’s anyone’s game.


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A Different Order of Reality

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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

The “father of modern African writing”, Chinua Achebe (born Albert Chínụálụmọ̀gụ̀ Àchèbé), best known to the world as the amazing writer of Things Fall Apart, passed away on Friday 22 March, 2013, after a brief illness, at the age of 82. He was born and raised in the Igbo town of Ogidi, Nigeria and began writing as a university student. Soon after graduation, he did a bit of teaching and then he worked for the National Broadcasting Corporation, a faction of the British Broadcasting Company and later helped create the Voice of Nigeria network.

Achebe was not just the writer of such amazing novels as No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987), but also penned poetry, essays, short stories and even children’s books, all based in his native land, Nigeria. What I think most people first fell in love with in his writing was that he painted a real and beautiful picture of Nigeria and Africa, to a world that, up to that point, had been largely ignorant to the reality of what it was like to be African and in Africa.

Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela

Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela

Some of his stories were set in the Nigeria before independence from British colonial rule, and so they allowed a view into what it was like living in a time when Nigeria didn’t belong to the Nigerians. This included themes revolving around the conflict felt by Nigerians in a time of both traditional African culture and invasive Western values, the bloody civil wars that plagued Nigeria and the pain felt by the Ibo nation of South-Eastern Nigeria from the brutality of military dictators from other Nigerian ethnic groups.

Things Fall Apart was his first novel, published in 1958, and has since sold millions of copies and been translated into over 50 languages. It was the most widely read book in modern African literature, and like most of his subsequent works, this is set in the Ibo countryside and is most loved for its detailed descriptions of the Ibo life, culture and traditions. It went on to become a classic of world literature, something which was virtually unheard of in African literary circles.

Chinua Achebe 2008, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Chinua Achebe 2008, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

In 1998, Nadine Gordimer hailed Achebe as “a novelist who makes you laugh and then catch your breath in horror – a writer who has no illusions but is not disillusioned. From his writing, Achebe became more than just a writer, but also a political activist. He was noted for aiming his criticisms, not only at British colonial rule, but also at African leadership and the citizens who tolerated their corruption and dictatorship.

He has spent most of his adult life living in exile in the United States of America, working as a University Professor, but came back to Nigeria briefly, to be involved in the politics of the independence and rejoining the of the region of Biafra from Nigeria. He soon became frustrated with the levels of corruption and decided to take himself out of the equation, then a car accident left him disabled, so he moved back to the US.Chinua Achebe Post-it2

His most recent work was There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, which is a memoir of the new nation that was Biafra, told from Biafra’s cultural ambassador. It tells of the Nigerian civil war (The Biafran War) during which Achebe was a roving cultural ambassador able to observer the full horror. It was soon after this that he moved back to the US and has since maintained somewhat of a silence on the events of the war, aside from an interview with Transition magazine, only referring to it through his poetry.

He is most remembered for his unique style of writing, which showed his keen satire, his heavy reliance on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs and oratory.

The literary world has lost a great mind and an even better writer.

RIP Chinua Achebe.


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NaPoWriMo

So, since I started blogging, I’ve been reading about NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month).

Basically, this is a challenge to all writers where you are supposed to spend a whole month writing poetry (one poem a day), and the general idea is that whether you think you have something to write about or not, you write.

You write nonsense if you must, but you write, and soon enough, your writing is supposed to improve. By the time you reach Day 30, your poetry writing skills should be on point. Or at least that’s what I think should be happening.

I’ve never taken part before, but on Thursday 21st, the literary world lost a dear soul in the African literary giant, Chinua Achebe, and I feel that in his memory, who am I to be afraid of NaPoWriMo. For those who are not aware who Chinua Achebe is, look out for another post later on today, don’t miss it because he was truly something special.

So anyway, the month started yesterday and I wrote my first piece of crap, I will continue to stick it out for an added 30 Days, and should I write anything worth looking at twice, I will post it for you to review, until then, please pick up your own pencils and pens (and keyboards) and get to writing. If nothing else, it will improve your vocabulary.

Plus, who knows, you might be able to count it as a team activity on your next CV.

Mwaah!