Originally Posted by Rio
Nothing irks Europeans more than a non-European team beating them in the World Cup. Its even worse if the team isn't from South America. The penalty kick call in overtime in the Aussie-Italy match was bogus. Australia was robbed.
That is not true. World Cup certainly does much to foster xenophobia.
However, in the UK, latins have long been regarded as despicable cheats.
So, last night on the BBC we were treated to highlights of Chile versus Italy from the 1962 World Cup. This match is in the running for 'The worst World Cup match ever' - fighting and cheating at every opportunity (in the days before cards were used in refereeing matchs).
World champion cheat title would go to Argentina. Sir Alf Ramsey, a gent of the old school, referred to them as behaving like 'animals'. Having been at the match in Wembley where their captain was sent off, I would agree with Sir Alf. Uruguay would be up there too - but there international side has not been prominent for some decades.
Italy is better known for negative defensive play-'catenaccio' but they are well able to cheat when the occasion calls for it.
I was supporting Australia.