Sometimes a bile-letting bout of finger-pointing and blame-gaming can be both a useful and entertaining exercise. After all, the Jack Bauer side to La Liga Loca doesnÃ¢ÂÂt think there has been nearly enough cattle-prod poking of those responsible for the hell-in-a-handcart financial meltdown the world is currently enjoying.If outright torture is perhaps going too far for some lily-livered liberals then maybe the guilty parties could instead be introduced to public stocks of a very non-financial kind?As to be expected after SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs Montjuic mayhem, the accusing and abusing is still rumbling on in Catalunya.
The lazy stereotyping by the blog, but all too true Mediterranean Ã¢ÂÂitÃ¢ÂÂs not my faultÃ¢ÂÂ shrug is being used to full effect as those involved in the foul business are fingered for their role in the rumpus. ASÃ¢ÂÂ Alfredo RelaÃÂ±o is torn between his natural dislike of Barcelona and his permanent pomposity and attacks Perico president, Daniel SÃÂ¡nchez Llibre for his Ã¢ÂÂmoral cowardiceÃ¢ÂÂ after the game due his spittle-flying attack on the referee, the Barcelona supporters and, rather improbably, S-Club 7. The Madrid paperÃ¢ÂÂs editor also wags a tutting finger at the Barcelona players and the celebration of their two goals. Ã¢ÂÂHow can we warn, and IÃ¢ÂÂm not saying punish, illustrious personalities such as Henry, EtoÃ¢ÂÂo, Messi, Marquez and even PiquÃÂ©?Ã¢ÂÂ asked Alfredo in a rhetorical mood. Ã¢ÂÂDonÃ¢ÂÂt do it at allÃ¢ÂÂ was the message from Carles Puyol on Monday, who argued that he could not see what all the fuss was about. Ã¢ÂÂWe celebrated because we were happy,Ã¢ÂÂ argued the CulÃÂ© captain, who condemned the violence but also used the famous Ã¢ÂÂBetis defenceÃ¢ÂÂ that Ã¢ÂÂit doesnÃ¢ÂÂt just happen here, it happens everywhereÃ¢ÂÂ to explain away the mayhem.
Pique and Puyol cause a stir celebrating last-gasp goal
Sport director, Santi Nolla is also caught between two camps but seems to have plonked himself down with the Pericos by arguing that Ã¢ÂÂthe referee punished Espanyol too much with the sending off of NenÃÂ©Ã¢ÂÂ and demands that Ã¢ÂÂthis must be the last derby where the violent Boixos can go.Ã¢ÂÂ Down the coast in Valencia and JoaquÃÂn has been dropping hints the size of ManicheÃ¢ÂÂs football shorts as to who was to blame for last seasonÃ¢ÂÂs disappointing debacle. From the safety of the top of the table and with a couple of decent performances under his Andalusian belt, the winger explained that Ã¢ÂÂnow the coach knows whatÃ¢ÂÂs what and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt go about making things up.Ã¢ÂÂ And as for the players who were rocking the Mestalla boat most last season, JoaquÃÂn would prefer to keep Mum - although a very different Mum to the one who reportedly breast fed him until he was six. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs not that anyone especially caused problems, although Marco Caneira had issues with certain players and CaÃÂ±izares was apart from the rest of the team,Ã¢ÂÂ recalled the midfielder.Ã¢ÂÂBut you canÃ¢ÂÂt just point them out as the only guilty ones,Ã¢ÂÂ explained JoaquÃÂn whilst pointing them out as the only guilty ones.TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Marca couldnÃ¢ÂÂt give too hoots about Espanyol, Barcelona, Valencia or anyone else considering Real Madrid are in action against Zenit St. Petersburg.And in an especially bipolar edition of the paper, the front cover boasts that Madrid have the Ã¢ÂÂbest attack and best defence in Europe,Ã¢ÂÂ but admit on page three that Bernd SchusterÃ¢ÂÂs men have not won away in Europe for two years. In breaking with recent tradition, the Real Madrid squad will not be travelling to Russia in the creaky old, found-in-the-desert, not allowed to fly at night, La Saeta - their much heralded Super Jet from last season.
The Airbus 320 - Real's aeroplane of choice for 2008
After all, it was a plane so decrepit that some players had to be carried on after being tempted by glasses of milk laced with sleeping pills. Unofficial club spokesman Roberto GÃÂ³mez, writing in Marca, says that Madrid are about to lease a brand new Airbus 320 - to be called Ã¢ÂÂLa SaetaÃ¢ÂÂ for 600,000 euros a year - a plane that Ã¢ÂÂwill have a TV in each seat,Ã¢ÂÂ according to the easily pleased Marca man.Alas, there is no explanation in the paper as to what has happened to the La Saeta version one. But expect parts of it to be found in your next refrigerator.