Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How to curse a referee in the World Cup

We've seen them on TV. Footballers swearing and cursing at referees (and their opponents) when they are unhappy with certain decisions. According to this story, it helps if the player knows a few languages. From Slate:
It helps to know a few choice phrases to throw at your opponents, and players sometimes brush up on their expletives for a particular game. Lalas once regaled an official in Ecuador with the Spanish translation of "son of a bitch." The resulting phrase turned out to be far more offensive than the English version, and he got a red card on the spot.

In a pinch, a player can resort to sign language. Hands together means "dive"—as in, "I didn't tackle him. He took a dive." A finger pointed at the eye tells the ref to "keep your eyes open." Opposing players might earn the international "choke" sign, or the just-as-easily interpreted "I'm a crying baby, boo hoo hoo."

7 comments:

LaDyReD said...

If worst comes to worst the international handsign would do the trick.... hahahah :P

Mr Big said...

Isn't that a certain middle finger? hehehe

kk tan said...

i think cursing ' fuck off ' is alright in matches.

Boywonder said...

Forget about cursing and sign languages lah, the best has to be this.

goldenballs said...

kk tan: i think only referees in english matches tolerate the use of fuck off. i rem i used fuck off once to a local ref and i got send off. ha.

Bengster said...

Grab the other player's balls!

Hahaha!

Sir Thomas said...

Only Vinnie Jones will grab another player's dick.

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