A julgar pela reportagem apresentada na versão online do Daily Mirror, escassos minutos após o término da partida dos quartos de final do Mundial de Futebol 2006, que opôs Portugal à Inglaterra, é de supôr que as televisões inglesas não passaram o mesmo jogo que os portugueses viram. Senão, porquê escrever isto?
"But Simao scored the first and Cristiano Ronaldo hit the fifth after Jamie Carragher failed to put England back on terms. The shoot-out was particularly harsh on the Liverpool man, who had been brought on as substitute in the dying minutes of extra time with penalties in mind, as his first effort easily beat Ricardo in the Portugal goal. However, the referee decided he wasn't ready and ordered Carragher to re-take the kick."
(Estará o jornalista, quando diz que "bateu facilmente Ricardo", a referir-se a um penalty que Carragher marcou antes do apito do árbitro, e para o qual Ricardo nem se mexeu?)
"Wayne Rooney - alone and upfront for much of the match - was given a straight red card in the 62nd minute as he reacted while being challenged and hacked by three Portuguese players in the centre of the pitch. It felt another harsh decision against England by the Argentinian referee. (...) The most remarkable incident of the second period was Rooney's sending off - not helped by Ronaldo running over to the referee in a blatant attempt to get him to take action against his Manchester United colleague. With the excellent Gary Neville and impeccable Rio Ferdinand also on the pitch, it's hard to see how Ronaldo can be assured a warm reception when he next returns to training at Carrington. If he does. He has said he wants to join Real Madrid - as far as many English fans are concerned (not to mention Manchester United's own) that might not be a bad idea."
(Gostei especialmente da candura com que se diz que Rooney levou um cartão vermelho directo "por ter reagido enquanto estava a ser pressionado por três jogadores portugueses...")
Há mais coisas giras na imprensa inglesa, mas o tom não varia muito. A dôr de cotovelo é uma coisa do arco da velha...
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