Neymar/Eric Hassli – Now these two lads were trying to be smart but from the evidence one can’t afford to be. So both have already been booked up until the time they tried to be smarter than the referee. Nowadays referees are trying to get into the limelight but by the letter of the law both had to go. Neymar, the Brazilian forward with the “hybrid Mohawk mullet – mulhawk” if you like was playing for Santos against Colo Colo in the Copa Libertadores and was already 2-0 up. In the 51st minute, Neymar scores an excellent goal to make it 3-0. He then proceeds to take a mask from someone in the crowd and don it and referee books him for an illegal celebration. Eric Hassli of Vancouver Whitecaps (do Canadians play soccer?) scores a penalty against the NE Revs and then proceeds to the crowd and throws his jersey in (see YouTube clip below). Did he get it back? No he was smart enough to wear a replica jersey underneath but the referee decided he was due a yellow card for removing his jersey. Smart when you think about it, but who is the idiot now? Neymar worth about $50,000 per week (saves $100,000); Eric Hassli worth about $1,000 per week (saves $2,000).
Sunderland Fan - This fan must be well and truly annoyed with his team right now. They are not playing well but to do what he/she is doing is totally absurd. To be honest with you, I thought this thing only happened in America. How times have changed. He/she has decided to sue the club for getting hit with a stray ball at an open training session. It was supposedly a wayward shot from Djibril Cisse (now at Panathinaikos) in 2008/09 that knocked the fan unconscious and the fan has now decided to sue. This can only start a precedent. I can imagine at Old Trafford every fan that gets hit with a Darron Gibson shot will be suing Manchester United (that will be a lot per game, not just per season!!!!) I think this legal action is worth about $300 per week (saves $600)