Ify, please, tell me you also think that the referees were AWFUL. That game, France-Italy was the worst ever. First Ribery off after 7 mins, then that penalty, which shouldn’t had been cause Abidal didn’t touch him, then the red card to Abidal. The referee gave what around 10 yellow cards ?? Most of the free kicks were awarded for the italian and almost none to us. Gallas was hurt too, and could barely play.
I can’t say anything else… It was just painful to watch.
Although it seemed like a harsh decision, if the referee thought the foul warranted a penalty, he had no option but to award a red card too. From the slow motion replays it seemed like there wasn’t much contact, but seeing it in real time, it really was a silly challenge from Abidal, he was no where near the ball, and he definitely played a part in taking Toni down. I know Abidal was playing out of position, and that was a possible reason for his mistake there, but what he did was unfair and that is how the referee saw it too.
I realise how awful it must have been for you to watch. I mean France haven’t shown any brilliance at all and their Euro campaign has been very disappointing. A lot of people have said that their first game was the most boring football match ever.
To be honest, I wanted France to win only because I think Italy are overrated. They won the World Cup but in my opinion did not play the best football at all. I really do not like the Italian way of playing. But then again, France really should have done better. They knew that it was a must-win game, but they showed no passion at all until after half-time when Domenech must have had some strong words to say. But Italy’s second goal killed it for them. But what the hell was Henry doing? He just moved his left foot, but wasn’t convincing enough to show that he was trying to kick it away. It was definitely partly his fault. He showed some inexperience there. I was bummed out when Ribery got injured. It seemed really bad and I think he’s been the most consistently good player for France. I think their problem is that they lack a playmaker, someone who can connect the midfield and strikers. It’s unfortunate that the last person to fill that role was the greatest footballer of our generation, as it’s a tough role to fill. Also a shame that Viera couldn’t play.It really does seem like it’s the end of an era for France. They need to look to the younger generation (Ribery, Nasri) now and build a new team.