A popular self-depreciating joke about Brazilians has God talking to a bewildered angel at the time of creation. Amazed by the natural wonders of Brazil, he approaches his boss to ask about a supposed unfairness of the man upstairs with the other countries-to-be.Angel: Ã¢ÂÂFantastic weather, beautiful beaches, giant forests, mineral wealth, no earthquakes or tsunamis... Oh God, why have you made Brazil so wonderful next to the nations with so many problems and natural calamities?Ã¢ÂÂGod: Ã¢ÂÂWait to see the kind of people IÃ¢ÂÂm putting there!Ã¢ÂÂI guess the same dialogue was heard in heaven when one complained to the almighty about BrazilÃ¢ÂÂs infinite capacity of producing divine players and squads. Well, the kind of people he put in place to rule our football makes up for it.This week the latest displays of idiocy from the men in charge, following AdrianoÃ¢ÂÂs handball goal in the SÃÂ£o Paulo v Palmeiras 2-1 State championship semifinal first leg, have made God proud of the balance he created for the beautiful game.The goal in itself, allowed by referee Paulo CÃÂ©sar de Oliveira and lineswoman Maria Elisa Barbosa amidst the choleric protest of Palmeiras players, isnÃ¢ÂÂt the problem. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt the first time this kind of mistake was recorded Ã¢ÂÂ MaradonaÃ¢ÂÂs infamous Hand of God in Mexico is still on our minds.But only in Brazil you would see the ensuing acts. It all started on the touchline. Game over, reporters flock both to the referee and to Adriano. With his shiny wooden face, referee Paulo CÃÂ©sar de Oliveira insists nothing wrong happened Ã¢ÂÂ at the exact same moment that the former Internazionale ace is admitting the foul on the other side of the pitch.Paulo CÃÂ©sar de Oliveira: Ã¢ÂÂIt was a regular play. We would only call it if there was intention of touching the ball, and it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt in that case.Ã¢ÂÂAdriano, hardly concealing the grin: Ã¢ÂÂIf Maradona did it, why canÃ¢ÂÂt I? It was a goal with the hand of the Emperor.Ã¢ÂÂFantastic. But, surprisingly, the worst was yet to come.