Meet your favorite diver: Franny

Look. Fuck Francesc Fabregas Soler. No. I mean fuck him. He’s a diving, cheating, bitch. No, really. You don’t believe me? I didn’t want him before as a replacement for Xavi. Now I don’t ever want him. No, no, I’m not just bitter, it’s that I want real players. Players who believe in staying on their feet (therefore I want Yaya over Busi).

Don’t believe me with just that? Okay, well how about against dirty, dirty Chelsea?

1) The dive that got Pique his yellow was a dive. It was horrible. I’m glad his doucheitude sky-ed it.
2) The dive that got Puyol his red was a dive. It was even worse. It’s despicable that anyone would accept that as a real penalty. It was a blatant and horrible dive.

Not only do I not want Franny to transfer now, but I never want Franny to transfer. Not now, not in 3 or 4 years like I previously wanted, but never. Never ever. Fuck him. No, seriously: Francesc Fabregas is a diving, cheating whore. Don’t believe me? Just wait for the videos. I will post them.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.


  1. miz
    March 31, 2010

    me too…we paid a lot for his diving.

  2. Estevan
    March 31, 2010


    • Kari
      March 31, 2010


      • ooga aga
        March 31, 2010

        yeah we cules dont want his leg to be broken, estevan is not representative of us here…

    • Kentgooner
      April 1, 2010

      Shut up u stupid bloody pratt. I hope u get ur leg and neck broken u nasty piece of shite

    • Hahaha
      May 21, 2010


      When you got busquets? The biggest cunt of all time.
      Barca is full of wankers, so it would be a big suprise if a gentleman like Fab go there.

      Barca=Cheats, cheats, cheats fucking cheats and so on…

  3. Jose
    March 31, 2010

    If we don’t go through on the basis of that penalty, I consider him disowned of Barca. 😛

  4. jordi™
    March 31, 2010

    jaja, i had similar feelings at the time, but really the blame lies with busacca.Hes the one that made the call.Im resigned to the fact we will sign cesc at some point.Its inevitable really. whether we like it or not.

  5. jaymin
    March 31, 2010

    Jesus editor, this is a real embarrassing post for this site. I can respect your sentiment, but you would be better served toning down the vitriol. it doesn’t jive with the normally intellectual and professional tone of this blog.

    • Sam
      March 31, 2010

      Agreed – lets not stoop to their levels, shall we? Lest we forget, Busquets and Dani Alves are guilty of much worse. I don’t like it either, but it’s hypocritical to go after Fabregas. The real culprit is really Busacca. Who is usually VERY good, but had a terrible game.

    • March 31, 2010

      Vitriol is something highly caustic. That is the point. I do not want Franny in our team. Not now, not ever. If you dive like that, you dive like that forever and you do not deserve to be a cule. It’s why I’ve railed against Alves and why I’ve railed against Busi. Both dove in the match against Arsenal and both are embarrassments to the game because of those dives, Busi especially.

      Fabregas, however, dove to win a yellow against Pique, his supposed best friend on earth. And he won one. Now Pique cannot play in the Camp Nou. Franny then dove to draw a red on Puyol and a penalty. Really? And that’s not deserving of vitriol? Fine. If it doesn’t jive with the intellectual and professional tone of this blog, fine. I’m okay with that. I would rather be stupid and unprofessional that unable to say that Fabregas dove.

      • Sam
        March 31, 2010

        I’ve been lurking on here since early in the Offside days, and I haven’t seen you go after Alves or Busquets anywhere near as badly as you went after Cesc. I’m not saying it hasn’t been pointed out – it has. But not like this. Over the last two seasons, the two of them have been guilty of pretty much the same amount of gamesmanship. Is it fair to say then that you would advocate for them being sold or otherwise released?

        • March 31, 2010

          That’s probably true, to be honest, and I should have been more aggressive about it. I should have said that Busi and Alves are diving, cheating scum. Because, often, they are. That is a good point. I don’t remember exactly when (as in, which minute), but Busi today was a terrible diver. I should remember and that is my fault.

          Should they be sold? No. They should be *taught* and both have reduced their diving substantially. The difference is that we already have them and we should show them the way of true football. I know that sounds absurd to some, or self-serving to others, but if we are truly the teachers of good football, then let’s teach good football to all. I *hate* it when player dive and if it’s Alves, I’ve called him out for it. If it’s Busi, I’ve called him out for it. If it’s Iniesta, I’ve called him out for it. That is to make him better.

          Now. Let’s get down to brass tacks. If it’s Franny we’re talking about, then it’s a *commodity* we don’t need. Yeah, that’s right, it’s economic terms. If he wants to play for us, we should *demand* he stops diving. When it was Alves’ turn, I said we shouldn’t sign him for so much. When it was Busi’s turn, I said he should stop diving.

          Perhaps I haven’t been clear enough on this blog about diving. Perhaps I should be more aggressive about it. Perhaps I should say that anyone who dives loses my respect. Perhaps I should point out every time they do so. And from here on out I shall.

          Divers on Barça: Iniesta, Alves, Busquets. Does anyone else have someone to add?

          Iniesta may be protecting himself from excessive abuse, but he still dives. I want him to stop. Alves and Busi are both arrogant and babyish in equal measure when it comes to players kicking them. Unacceptable on all counts. Let’s try to reform them.

          • Sam
            March 31, 2010

            Well said there – and while I am not nearly as aggressive about diving as you are, I am by no means a fan of it. I agree with your takes on Busquest, Alves and Iniesta. I do give Iniesta some credit as he has gotten better about it, but Alves and Busquets still infuriate me at times.

            Still, while it pisses me off, there are other things that piss me off more. Namely, the debacle that is the “physicality of the English Premier League”. Witness the Shawcross/Ramsey spectacle. but of course, that’s a conversation for a different post on a different blog.

            Either way, I’m glad you clarified. I would hate to have to accuse you of hypocrisy, when I usually find myself agreeing with you 90% of the time.

          • jordi™
            March 31, 2010

            Gamesmanship is part of football in spain though,an art even, some like dani and busi take it to higher level but most players are guilty of it at some point.Even puyi does it sometimes. i highly doubt either he or pique are going to hold grudges against Cesc.Henry has been welcomed into the group and he did it to puyi in the last worldcup.


          • Krisis
            April 2, 2010

            add Messi in there, for the occasional dive.

      • Jose
        March 31, 2010

        No need to defend that, Isaiah, just because we’re usually very level-headed here doesn’t mean we can’t entertain the emotions that MANY cules are feeling. It would be as remiss as calling Iniesta’s Chelsea goal “a pivotal goal that won us the tie” instead of “OMG INIESTA IS GOD, SUCK IT NEGATIVE FOOTBALL, SUCK IT DEFENSIVE MASTERCLASS, AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”.

        Looking back at this post months from now, I want to remember how a lot of us felt about Cesc’s behavior, and you summed it up perfectly. Pique and Cesc are boyhood friends. Cesc grew up with Puyol (along with Xavi) as role models in football. You don’t go through that then pull those shenanigans.

        • festus
          April 1, 2010

          rubbish… friendships end when you step on the pithch, after all, thierry and denilson are friends, i dont hear anyone talking bout his stupid tackle on the lad… it wasnt a deliberate dive, puyol got goalside of him, and he managed to make it look like a mistake, thats down to experience… that being said, arsenal were terribly lucky

      • Krisis
        April 2, 2010

        Dived against Pique? I suppose you also want to believe that Pique was only trying to give Fabregas a hug and not stop his run?

        As for the Puyol incident, it was a soft penalty, but now is it a dive when a player falls down when his leg is stuck between the defenders legs who is running?

        The vitriol is better aimed at the players who did try to make the most of it, which is Alves and Busquets.

        • Krisis
          April 2, 2010

          And why does this blog contain some old video and not a video of the supposed dive from yesterday? Tough, cant seem to think of a reason.

    • ElShowDeJason
      March 31, 2010

      Isaiah, please don’t censor your thoughts in the future. When structured discussion is appropriate it’s what happens on the blog. When Thoughtfull analysis is needed, we get that to.
      But suddenly when an outburst of frustration is appropriate, some prudes get their panites in a bunch…
      I’ll joing you in a “Fuck Fabregas!” chant…

  6. Pyro
    March 31, 2010

    yeah i know all the arsenal fans are defending his bitch ass. He is such a douche, Guys a more important question. what kind of backline are we gonna have at the Camp Nou? Im going for alves toure milito abidal

    • March 31, 2010

      Just dear God no Milito/Marquez combo. I’d take yaya or keita back there any day, but I’m guessing you’re right and we see Yaya.

      One really, really, really angry Yaya.

      On a slightly more positive note, HOW BOUT THAT SWEDE EHH?

    • Jose
      March 31, 2010

      I was thinking that too, Pyro: Alves, YAYA, Milito, Abidal. Keep Marquez the hell away from this tie.

  7. Sam
    March 31, 2010

    Calm down folks. How about we don’t let this get uglier than it has already become?

    Yes – it was pretty clear dive. Which doesn’t mean we need to tear down the man. As I said above, Busquets and Alves are guilty of the same, and we see it day in and day out.

    Cesc’s reaction after getting that yellow which meant he would miss the return leg was pretty telling. If that isn’t disappointment, I don’t know what is. Let’s not disown one of the world’s truly world class midfielders based on an emotional reaction to something he did which our own players are often guilty of. He could be one of ours one day, and we will only be better for it.

    • Kari
      March 31, 2010

      Valid point, Sam.

      The thing is 60+ mintues into this match showed why many on this blog really don’t want Fabregas. We really missed Xavi when he was injured.

      • Sam
        March 31, 2010

        That’s completely understandable, but it is a matter of perspective. What we might construe as a kick in the face to Barca and its players, Arsenal fans see as total commitment to their club, especially in the face of the constant media rumors of OMG CESC TO BARCA.

        It doesn’t bother me too much frankly. I would never want him to transfer this summer, or even within the next two-three years. But beyond that, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. And my take is that if we get the same level of commitment from him at that point that Arsenal currently gets – and I think we will – we’re the ones that stand to gain the most.

        At the very least, this is something I’m willing to forgive. Just like I do the same for Alves and Busquets. Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

      • Kari
        March 31, 2010


        “Cesc’s reaction after getting that yellow which meant he would miss the return leg was pretty telling. If that isn’t disappointment, I don’t know what is.”

        What about Pique, who will the second leg also? What about Puyol, who was sent off when he really shouldn’t have been sent off? Just because those two didn’t show it at the time, doesn’t mean they’re not as effected.

        While I agree this post is a little extreme, saying we have players that do the same doesn’t make what Fabregas did okay. You didn’t see Messi or Pedro! diving their way to get Clichy suspended, did you, especially Messi. What if he made more of a meal of the foul by Clichy in the penalty area in the first half? That was the same, if not more of a, foul as Puyol on Fabregas, no?

        He can’t play, and he took Pique and Puyol with him.

        Good on you for sticking up for Fabregas though.

        • Sam
          March 31, 2010

          Agreed – at no point did I say that because Busquets and Alves do what Fabregas did should it be considered ‘ok’. All I’m saying is that the reaction is pretty over the top, considering those guys do the same things. Admittedly, their dives don’t usually have quite the same impact that Fabregas’ dives did – but all that means is (1) he’s either better at it, or (2) he didn’t know what his actions would result in for Pique/Puyol. It’s very possible that he DID know what would happen, but I’m just giving him the benefit of the doubt about it, because for one thing, I’m not him and I don’t know what’s going on in his head – and I’ve also seen a lot of good from him in terms of what he gives to Arsenal, so I’m a little less judgmental about it.

          I fully understand the frustration, and believe me I was going WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK when Busacca brought out the red, but less at Fabregas, and more at the ref for that one. Maybe I just have too much of a soft spot for him. 🙂

        • March 31, 2010

          Not good on anyone for sticking up for cheaters.

          Look. I hate cheating, I hate bad football. We played brilliantly today and we gave up a stupid goal when Wenger out-thought Guardiola and put on Walcott at the front. Oops. That sucks, but we were outplayed for that one. Good on Arsenal for it.

          The second? We were out-cheated for Fabs’ goal. Fine. Okay, great, good job, Arsenal, you made it a game and we’re going to come in gang-busters against you at the Camp without our precious Fabs. We don’t have preciouses, we’re Barça. We don’t *do* necessary players.

          Franny’s exaggeration for being booked in the first half was because he knows his team has nothing without him and Barça are everything with or without particular players. I’m sad Pique and Puyol will miss the matches, but Franny has to live for the rest of his life with the fact that he dove to provoke both cards. If he can live with that, okay, fine. I can too because we will win in the Camp Nou running away.

          Maybe that’s enough out of me tonight, but let it be said here: Francesc Fabregas dove. Francesc Fabregas earned a bad draw. And now we see what kind of player he really is. If Henry is a win-at-all-costs player, what is Franny? What are you? What am I? I play and I’ve called fouls against myself. I’ve turned down fouls on others saying it wasn’t so. I’ve handled and pushed the ball out when the ref said it wasn’t even though I was in on goal. I’m not perfect and I love to win, but I hate winning when it comes from nonsense. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Perhaps I don’t know because I’m not good enough to earn millions by winning. Perhaps that’s what changes things.

          I don’t know.

          But what I do know is that Cesc Fabregas cheated. And I will never forgive him for that. If he becomes a Barça player, I will welcome him back into the fold, but I will never forgive him. He cheated his hometown team, his supposed best friend (Pique), and one of his idols (Guardiola).

          I’m sorry if he broke his leg and I’m sorry my first reaction to the headline was “good, I hope so, that diver” because that makes me a bad person, but I hope his joy at the 2-2 draw is a sour and horrible feeling when his team is smashed at the Camp Nou.

          • fourstar
            April 1, 2010

            But you seem to be spectacularly missing the point.

            He. Didn’t. Dive.

            Watch it again.
            Now again.
            And once more.
            OK, again for luck.

            Puyol came across the back of him when he was about to shoot, thus catching his shooting foot and bringing him down. It’s a clear foul, in the box – I’m sorry but it’s a penalty.

            I understand your disappointment at throwing away a 2-0 lead, especially after you dominated the first half so well, but really – Cesc did not cheat.

            Go and have a little think about it and come back when you’ve calmed down. Your side threw this away.

            I still think you will win at home, but don’t blame one of the best players of his generation for the fact that your team only played for 70 minutes of a 90 minute game.

          • Arsene Wenger
            April 1, 2010

            Well said fourstar
            the reason he was upset to miss the 2nd leg wasn’t because he though his team are going lose with out him.
            It’s because he wanted to play in the Camp Nou
            it’s time barcelona showed Arsenal more respect as a club. I know it’s obviously not the Fans, but who every orchestrates the Cesc to Barcalona rumours every week really does need to be euthenised 😉
            look at how we treated you at the Emerites, Thierry Henry was clapped onto the pitch, we didn’t boo or whistle when your team had the ball (maybe once with alves) because we respect you as a club
            next week Arsenal will have nothing to lose as the underdogs at probably the best club in the world, and that should frighted a team without their two centerbacks. Remeber Marques/toure/milito will have a maxium of 5 days to form a partnership, and that’s forgetting your weekend game

  8. Pyro
    March 31, 2010

    Yeah Sam is right. We are all just upset because it was a game we shouldn’t have let escape out of our hands. But don’t worry guys, the swede has hit form at a crucial point. I am confident we will go through. If messi plays like he did against stuttgart there’s no chance for arsenal

  9. lovelymofo
    March 31, 2010

    Maybe the post doesn’t jive with our usual level-headed intelligent discussion of the beautiful game, but it does jive with our total love & passion for Barça.

    So, hee. I dig this post. Made me smile. Can’t wait for the vids. 😀

    ¡Visca Barça!

  10. Elguerosinfe
    March 31, 2010

    Thanks Isaiah for totally summing up my feelings about this game. Arsenal deserved nothing today.

  11. ooga aga
    March 31, 2010

    hey ive been hatin on ibra…but damn he stepped up! a frustrating 1st half but the goals make me happy…love him…reserve the right to hate him again next week…

  12. barca96
    April 1, 2010

    cmon isaiah, he didn’t was an accident.
    if your’re just 2 metres away from goal ofcourse you’re going to shoot the ball instead moving away just so that you won’t hit the defenders leg who is standing behind you.
    what was the ref supposed to do?
    it was not a red card but it was a penalty.
    i prefer they got the penalty if not the media is going nuts again on how the ref favored us. let us finish them off in camp nou without the ref’s help.

  13. Sal
    April 1, 2010

    I totally agree

    Not only did th efreak dive against Puyol and Pique. he went to teh ref and ASKED the ref for a red Card, that is unforgivable, espacially if we are knocked out because of thi spenalty. I never want to see him at the Camp Nou. I would rather have Gourcouf.

    • Kevin
      April 1, 2010

      You’d rather have a cock up your arsehole.

  14. Helge
    April 1, 2010


    I’d never have expected such an article on

    Are you seriously calling the penalty a dive?
    That would mean, Fabregas got caught in Puyol’s legs on purpose… there was definitely a contact, it prevented Fabregas from taking a shot at the goal, he was already preparing to shoot when he got stuck with his right foot in the legs of Puyol. The rules say that in such a situation, it HAS to be a red card. It’s a stupid rule, but Puyol prevented a clear chance of goal, although he couldn’t do anything about it. It was neither Puyol’s nor Cesc’s fault. Nor Massimo Busacca’s. It was simply a VERY unlucky sequence of events.

    The British commentators said that it was a harsh decision, but a correct one. And I’m with them. You CANNOT call this a dive. Fabgreas did not even look backwars, he didn’t know that Puyol was straight behind him. Keep it low on Cesc…

    We’ve all seen yesterday that Cesc is lightyears away from being as good as Xavi, and he will prolly never reach Xavi’s level. But still, in 4 years Xavi won’t be there anymore, and maybe Cesc will have developed into a different type of player. Busquets also dives and makes a lot out of fouls on him. So we kick him?

  15. kamikaze kontiki
    April 1, 2010

    I am one of those who never wanted us to buy Cesc in the first place.

    But the reaction here seems a bit over the top. If a player is impeded from shooting inside the penalty area (much less from 6 yards out) it obviously is a penalty. I don’t know if it is a red-card but it defnitely is a penalty coz Puyol intentionally or not stopped Fabregas from completeing his shot.

  16. stairwaytohell
    April 1, 2010

    You need to be fair, bro.
    1. In the video, he kicks himself, is it a dive? he was not doing it with intention. Ref made it wrong, not Fab
    2. The Pique one, Fab definitely passed Pique, hen Pique’s arm hold him back if you actually watched the replay. He’s in dangerous position. So, yellow card is reasonable.
    3. The Puyol one, Fab has a clear cut chance to score, then Puyol blocked his leg, stop Fab from scoring. Even if he’s not doing it deliberately, he got to get red.

    With the Barca team, I got to admit that they are technique superior but everytime you’re going to loose the ball, then they fell, I mean, common, play like a man.
    If Barcelona going to England, man, I’m sure that they will be fucked by the likes of Stock, Hull, Bolton,…

  17. stairwaytohell
    April 1, 2010

    And well, you said that Chelsea play dirty. oh, common, If you remember the match at Stanford Bridge, the Barcelona defense handled the ball by hand some times I believe, It’s clear and I need you to be FAIR. Look at yourself before throw shit to all others.

  18. Come on, did you not see Busquets go to ground, roll around and then get up to demand Cesc was booked?

    Don’t take this personally, because it isn’t, but stick to your version of ‘football’.

  19. irish_gunner
    April 1, 2010

    It was not a dive you one sided, blind eyed pathetic blog writer. It was a clear foul.

  20. Terry
    April 1, 2010

    I’m really sorry but you talk out of your arse.
    As an arsenal fan I can say it was a harsh decision.
    You are clearly deluded. Can’t wait to
    come and truly rob your lot at the camp nou.
    Arsenal are going to beat you at home and we are going to enjoy it!

  21. Pablo
    April 1, 2010

    I’ve never seen such reaction to blowing a 2 goal victory. Anyone can come with a highlight reel of most barca players cheating at some point. Remember when Messi used his own hand of god.

  22. Medeski
    April 1, 2010

    Does this mean Spanish press will finally stop all the ‘Cesc to Barca’ transfer stories??? I doubt it. What it does mean is that Barca fans are whiny bitches when something goes wrong. Just like all other fans. Stop bitching. Fabs can’t play next match either, even if he is healthy, because of a yellow that should not have even been a foul. Shit happens. The officials usually suck (as Gunners know full well). Get the fuck over it.

  23. Little Kev
    April 1, 2010

    You don’t want Cesc (not, Franny)? We’ll keep him then. Cheers. Done deal. Now if you can just relay the message to Joan Laporta please.



  24. April 1, 2010

    Isaiah – You complete retard, did you not see the countless dives by that barca team last night? alves, busquets & the rest are diving cunts, fabregas was blatently fouled by puyol, straight red well done ref!! Now to go the Camp Nou and win it for Cesc, oh and Franny? YOU ABSOLUTE RETARD HAHAHA

  25. CharmCityGooner
    April 1, 2010

    Wow…no one ever dives for Barcelona right?

    You can’t fault Cesc for the penalty, and that was not a dive. His leg got caught up in Puyol’s and the sorry excuse for a ref showed him a red card and awarded a penalty. That yellow card that Cesc recevied would not have been given in England because the game is more physical.

    And nevermind Sergio rolling around on the ground after a foul just to pop back up and get into the Arsenal players face (I forget who fouled him…I think it was Arshavin).

    Face the facts, Barcelona took their foot off the gas at 2-nil but Walcott put us right back in and an poor referee’s decision leveled the game. Don’t blame Cesc for cheating, because I am sure I can find many videos out there of several Barcelona players diving and deceiving the referee.

  26. fourstar
    April 1, 2010

    The dive that got Cesc (not Franny, you moron) booked was worse.

    Oh, and the penalty was not a dive.
    It was a foul.
    In the area.
    Which is, last time I looked, a penalty.


  27. When you point a finger at someone there are three more fingers pointing back at you.
    April 1, 2010

    Um, excuse me? Did you open your eyes and WATCH the game yesterday. I agree the penalty against Puyol was definitely not worthy of a red card, maybe not even a penalty kick, but Barcelona got the gold medal in diving yesterday. We got FIVE yellow cards for the diving antics of your team yesterday. Talk about a bunch of players that can’t seem to stay on their feet. So Cesc gave it back to them… they certainly deserved it. I’m not trying to claim we deserved to win. Barcelona definitely played the better game, in fact I’ve never witnessed football the likes of which Barca played in the first half ever before in my life. It was perfection of an art. But to get all worked up over Cesc’s “dives” when Barcelona employed the same tactics is just stupid and blind. Especially when you say it makes him not a “real” player. Please be a little more honestly reflective before you go around pointing fingers at everyone else.

    The real problem here isn’t in the playing of the game, if we can agree that both teams used the same tactics, but the reffing. The ref yesterday was quite shit and I think both teams received undeserved calls against them. Maybe we need to give the lines men more power to call penalties and/or at least give their opinion if they believe a penalty was undeserved.

    If you are going to publish a blog you should at least keep it to honest commentary of the game at hand. I understand you are ALWAYS going to support your team 100% and I appreciate that, but the remarks here are completely undeserved and hateful.

  28. Arsene Wenger
    April 1, 2010

    You really need o watch a replay of both the fouls you mentioned, was there contact made in both fouls? Yes. Therefore if he is the last man stopping a goal scoring opportunity it’s a straight red maybe it seemed Harsh but that’s te way football works. For piques foul how you can claim or that to be a dive I have no clue just look at piques right arm around cescs neck.
    And on the note of Diving, how did Cesc himself get banned for the 2nd leg? A clear over reaction from Busquets it may of not been the cleanest tackle but he won the ball fair and square. And I’m sure you could find a video of any player ‘cheating’ or ‘diving’, even Henry who’s considered one of the fairest players in the world is surrounded with controversy because of the Ireland incedent.
    I would call you biased but that’s unfair as it’s a Barcelona blog, but I still fell this is very very low especially for a fan of such a highly regarded club.

  29. Carlos
    April 1, 2010

    “douceitude”? really? how old are you? ten?
    I know our draw was hard to take, but he wasn’t that bad. Some of our own players were pretty bad also like Alves. We have a good chance at camp nou!

  30. Jamie
    April 1, 2010

    Wow, what a crappy article. Calling someone a diver because he gets bundled into from behind and then include a video of him falling over himself doesn’t make great writing I’m afraid. If in the video above, we’d seen Cesc rolling around on the floor in ‘agony’ and asking the ref to book Arteta you would have a point, but he didn’t so you don’t. Shut up and get over the fact that your team missed a hatful of sitters last night and then let in two goals.

  31. Pat Rice
    April 1, 2010

    I really hope Cesc himself reads this, as it’ll pursuade him off any move that was ever on (if there was one) it’ll simply show him how he should stay an arsenal player as this is how Barca fans behave..
    Congratulations you found a video of him kicking himself, I’m 100% sure I couldfind a video of any Top level footballer ‘cheating’ it’s may be frowned upon, but it’s become a way of the game in recent years and so every single player world wide has done it, maybe not to win a penalty but in less important circumstances
    Tell me, is there contact in both cases? Was a goal scoring opportunity denied? I think I rest my case.
    Your like a little kid who’s just learnt to swear. And Cesc, not Franny you ‘douceitude’..

  32. Alan
    April 1, 2010

    You are a cunt.

    Your team is fabulous.

    You are a cunt.

    Losing in the nou camp will be hard to take.

    You are a cunt.

    Get some cunt therapy because

    You are a cunt.


  33. ranger
    April 1, 2010

    The ref for that game was pretty bad all around; many calls were blown all throughout. Cesc’s card was dubious, some offsides were blown on both sides, Pique’s card could have gone either way. As for the penalty, a penalty was deserved as a scoring chance was denied, however, I don’t know about a red card in that situation. To call Cesc a diver is a little ridiculous and too call him Franny is even more ridiculous.

    It’s fine with me if you don’t want him we’ll gladly hold onto him and watch him continue to develop into an even better player.

    It was a great game, incredibly exciting and I can’t wait for the return leg.

    Best of luck at the Nou Camp, hope you start Marquez and Milito and they get ripped to pieces.

  34. General Franco
    April 1, 2010

    In the land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is King – and you are truly sightless. I have seen more intelligent creatures than you lying on their backs on the bottom of ponds. Spanish football deserves you, and you deserve to be a fan of the most manipulative, petty-minded, selfish, self-obsessed onanistic, hedonistic club in the world: are you sure you don’t support Tottenham Hotspur?

    Cesc is GOD.

  35. ArsenalStation
    April 1, 2010

    Hypocritical sour grapes. Barca players went down so easily throughout the match including Messi in the box. What Cesc did wasn’t cheating, there absolutely was contact. Why not blame Puyol for being out of position? He got himself into that situation. But I guess the great Barca can do no wrong. And a supporter of a team that has benefited from dives by the likes of Alves and others is one-eyed hypocrite for calling Fabregas of all people “a cheater.” Get over it. All our possession meant shit because we gifted you two goals by stupid errors… your first string central defense is questionable enough wait until Nasri and Theo run at and through your backup CBs at the Nou Camp. Yes, Barca played beautifully but the Arsenal played with heart and character.

  36. Matt
    April 1, 2010

    Cesc didn’t dive in the video you posted, he didn’t dive to get Pique a yellow (it was blatant obstruction), and he didn’t dive for the penalty. Apart from that your post is fine Isaiah. Why do you refer to Barcelona as ‘we’? You have no affiliation with Barcelona. I suggest you focus more on thinking about the Kansas Jayhawks than writing such a fucking useless blog

  37. spammy
    April 1, 2010

    I have never read such child-like writing. Stop whining like a little bitch and accept the fact that your team fucked it right up by throwing away a 2 goal lead.

    As for the moron Estevan who says “I hope his leg is really broken”, that’s the sort of bollocks we expect to hear from fans of the worst teams in England. Not really the stuff of European champions is it?

  38. I Love Franny
    April 1, 2010

    Dive on the Penalty? You must be joking he was about to score a goal when Puyol threw his leg in front of Cesc and stopped an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

  39. A lot of people have been angered by this post but personally I love it. Yes, even as a gooner. Have you ever thought of going into comedy? Need any representation? What you have here is a natural aptitude for comedy gold.
    You have made my day

    that dive was a DIVE!



  40. Alex
    April 1, 2010

    His leg really is broken. 6 weeks out. Shame.

  41. James Fernie
    April 1, 2010

    Nice one, you seem to have alienated just about everyone posting on this site, be they Arsenal or Barca fans.

    You are, it would appear by mutual agreement, a complete moron.

  42. oldgooner
    April 1, 2010

    So you get a broken leg diving, do you?

    Clever one that Puyol, eh?

    You retarded cule prick.

  43. Mark
    April 1, 2010

    You gutless cunt.
    He broke his leg while trying to convert that well earned penalty.

    Feck off. You piece of shite. Wanker.

  44. not a cunt
    April 1, 2010

    im going to gut dani alves and then drown you in his blood.

  45. Jim
    April 1, 2010

    I have never known a dive to result in a broken leg. He must really have thrown himself to the ground.

    This has is the biggest case of egg on face I have seen in a while. I know you smashed us but 2-2 puts all the pressure on you. I see a refocused less inhibited Arsenal come tuesday.

    Barca are such a long ball team only Arsenal’s build up to their goals had any kind of finesse.

    • Jim
      April 2, 2010

      Could I just point out that this is an Arsenal troll and not me? Can we not do something about duplicate names, Kxevin?

      • Eklavya
        April 2, 2010

        It’s OK, he doesn’t have the same email therefore not the same pic.

  46. Hlebby Hater
    April 1, 2010

    Come on guys, what did you expect? The author’s biog sums him up perfectly: “he writes fiction and thinks about the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team. He lives in New York City.”

  47. Antony Fahy
    April 1, 2010

    There are two types of football fan (not soccer). The first is the kind of fan who has a bond/connection with a club, usually since childhood, something which is nurtured through the good times and inevitably the bad times. This type of fan goes to the games if and when they can, and for 90 minutes the only thing that is relevant to their lives is seeing their team win that game.

    The second type of football fan is the kind who operates on the proverbial band wagon. Introduced to the sport, they must decide who they should support. There are, I guess, a few methods of picking your football team – proximity being the most obvious and to be honest the most favorable in my mind, but this second kind of football fan generally picks their team based on one thing; ‘winning’. I know thats not necessarily a bad thing, but most of us don’t get to pick who we support, its given to us, from where we grew up, its always been that way. This type of ‘fan’ doesn’t know the feeling of freezing your arse off in a snowy january afternoon when your team is losing, and feeling relief at snatching a draw. This type of fan ‘demands’ from his team that they win, not for any other reason than the fact that if they don’t he’ll write a blog with his crayons exposing his vast lack of knowledge about football.

    This second type of fan, is clearly aware that being denied a goal scoring opportunity in the box is a penalty, and a red card. If it had happened anywhere else on the pitch, we’re having a different conversation, but check the rules. I’m also relatively bemused at how this second type of fan can make the claim that it was a dive…when in the contact Cesc broke his leg. I’m relatively sure that if you fracture bone, you’ve done enough to constitute a foul.

    I’m also relatively sure with the menace with which Cesc hammered in that penalty, aggravating the fracture in his leg, that he really hasn’t been looking for a house in spain.

    I’d agree with the guy earlier who said that he hopes Cesc reads this and realises that this is how barca fans will react, but in all honesty, the author of this blog clearly isn’t a football fan, and probably (hopefully) not an accurate representation of a Barcelona fan, he is what we call here in England a ‘Gloryhunter’. No affiliation, no knowledge, no genuine passion, no ability to hold your hands up and realise ‘your’ team played beautifully, but in the premier league, it isn’t over until it’s over, its ninety minutes not sixty.

    If i may suggest, hang up the Barcelona facade and go get yourself a New York Red Bulls shirt, although I’m not even sure they’d want such a scrote as a fan.

  48. wrightsnake
    April 1, 2010

    You cunts did nothing but dive yesterday. I love Barca’s style of play, but the diving and the way the club is run, built on tapping up players, makes them a truly deplorable side. The fact that you call him a diver when the challenge BROKE HIS LEG proves how much of a complete and utter contemptible moron you are.

    Sir, kindly do one.

  49. wrightsnake
    April 1, 2010

    Ah, I see you’re a glory fan from the States. I take back any respect that may have been inferable in my comment. I don’t believe I gave you the respect of talking about how Barca are ran. I take it all back, you’re purely a moronic, glory hunting tool. Support the Red Bulls and maybe your opinion will be worth listening to.

  50. wrightsnake
    April 1, 2010

    Oh, and one last thing… ‘Franny’? Fuck off you twat.

  51. goonergal
    April 1, 2010

    Barcelona has a gorgeous style of play, yes. But if you think your players are saints and never dive, you have got to be bullshitting me. Pique and Busquets go down ALL THE FUCKING TIME, so I can’t believe you’re criticizing Cesc. Also – if the challenge fucking broke his leg, how can you possibly say he was diving? I just don’t understand your mentality.

    Also, I’m with you on Cesc not going to Barca. And I’m sure all Gooners agree that we want him with us forever. If it were my choice, I hope he never goes to Barcelona. With mental fans like you…

  52. rusty
    April 1, 2010

    I dnt think you should post nemore vids, cos the two u did post made you look very stupid!!! or actually post them, cos in the end the vids will certainly disprove your point very easily!

    i am very dissapointed in you, as I have always respected you, but my biggest pet hate is stupid people!

    and you, sir, are a stupid man….

  53. Harshal Deorukhkar
    April 2, 2010

    What a fucking piece of shit blogging!

    First it’s Cesc and not Franny.

    Next, if you call those videos as dives, you seriously need to have ur head and eyes checked. First one was when Cesc kicked himself and ref interpreted that Arteta had fouled him.

    About Chelsea incident – If you have played football, which i doubt u have, contact at the furious pace the game is played can hurt. And this is the English League, where physicality is commonplace. Unlike your Spanish game where pussies like Alves, Busquets go down like cunts. And of course cheats like Messi (hand of GOD, that’s cheating only in my books) play for your club. Your post is absolute bollocks.

  54. Nirvana
    April 2, 2010

    The challenge that got Puyol his red was a dive? Man, you suck at taking the piss too. What do you have stuffed up your eye sockets? Melons?

    And for all your ramblings about how you don’t want Cesc anymore, tell that to that whore Laporta. Bitches, can’t stop wanking off thinking of Cesc.

    And finally what a pathetic attempt at WUMming. Fuck off! And we will get you at the Nou Camp.

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