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Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Evolution of Football

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Here's a confession. Football is my second-love after pets. I hope my girlfriend doesn't read this post. I watch at least one match every week or else I'll go crazy. Having been actively involved in football myself, it is undoubtedly a "man's-game" due to the physicality of the sport. You can expect tugging, pushing, shoving, tumbling, flying and some bone-crunching tackles. As violent as it may sound, the governing bodies of football have always been making rules that will keep brutality and unsporting behaviour out of the field. In the event when a player resorts to these conducts, they're always penalised through suspensions, fines and made to do community service.


Besides all the famous incidents I noted above, there are many other footballers who had previously committed various other offences. Like :- 
failing doping tests, kicking players, spitting at fans, racially abusing an opponent, attacking the referee and a lot more. What happens is, after a certain period of suspension, these players are all forgiven and they come back into the team to play again.

But it all changed on the 9th of June. Argentinian Jose Jiminez WILL NEVER play for his club again. His offence was something else than all the aforementioned conducts.


Let's recall the incident,

Jose Jiminez, a player for Bella Vista football team in the Argentinian lower league, outraged fans, teammates and people around the world after committing animal cruelty. What's worse is the player demonstrated his senseless behaviour in front of mass audience. Jiminez picked up a dog who wandered on the field by choking her neck and violently hurled her into a metal fence. The dog's crime? Well, she just walked onto the pitch, sniffed the grass and laid down submissively in confusion.

As the dog slammed into the fence and bounced back, the shocked crowd and players were infuriated. The fans immediately pelted water bottles, beer cans and whatever they had towards the player. Players of the opposition team charged towards Jiminez and began to fight him. In a rare use of the red card, the angered referee stepped in and sent off the player.

Here take a look at it:

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The agony for Jiminez didn't end there. He received further disciplinary action after the club announced he was fired few days later.

The club later released a statement:

"During the course of the match between Club Aletico San Juan and our club on June 9, it has become public knowledge that a player violently threw a dog which had entered the field of play while the game was unfolding. This was spread by the written and televised press in the province. Our club, to safeguard its human and sporting image, which was deeply damaged by this incomprehensible attitude, has decided to sack Jose Antonio Jimenez."


In all seriousness, I think there's nothing wrong in removing a lost animal from the pitch. The match has to go on. But Jiminez should've left it for the security personnel to handle. Or if he really wanted to become some hero, then he should've removed the dog properly. Not choke the dog like a barbarian or sakai and throw her like a trash.

A search then began for the victimised dog called Negrita (Blacky). She was later found with bruises, a cut on her right paw and below the neck due to being slammed on the wires by Jiminez.


The members of the club at the stadium requested to see Negrita and her owner. Negrita was put on a special diet and observed carefully until she recovered.


Club Atletico San Juan (the rival football team at the match) also announced that they have made Negrita their club mascot and she is now a life-time member of their club.


For me, everything that unfolded from the incident was rather new. The way the player's club, the rival club and the fans reacted to it was unexpected. And the call made by Bella Vista to sack Jiminez was a highly respectable decision. I don't care about the status of the league they're playing in or if the team is lousy. How they handled this issue was exceptional. Who would've thought that a sport like football, which has seen a big share of physical violence in its history could showcase so much respect for animals. Looks like some unrelated football club can provide more protection for the furkids than certain city councils and supposedly God-like authorities.

So I asked the furbabies

What would you do if one day you're lost?
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Sounds like a plan!


5 comments:

  1. Serve that damn bastard right!
    Throw him over the fence!

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  2. Kalau nak tunjuk hero tapi tak tahu cara memang macam tu perangainya bro Shawn

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  3. One darling cat went into the pitch during pahang vs johor match n even poop! But I see no one kicking the little darling. But the match came out awry though hehe

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