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The latest attempt to stop Messi
by Mike Woitalla, February 6th, 2014 7:48PM

TAGS:  off the post, video


[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Like so many defenders do when they can't rely on skills, Jon Gaztanaga resorts to cheating. But the Real Sociedad man's effort in stopping Lionel Messi is especially pathetic as he seems to get his sports mixed up.

During Barcelona's 2-0 Copa del Rey win, Gaztanaga tackles Messi football-style -- and escapes with a yellow card.

  1. Frank Cardone
    commented on: February 7, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.
    As upset as I am with this defender, I am more upset with the incompetence of this referee. The defender should receive a fine and a multi-game ban. The referee should not be assigned to another game for several weeks and spend that time learning more about the rules of the game.
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: February 7, 2014 at 9 a.m.
    Had there been a NFL style mic on the ref, he might have said, "Incompetent and pathetic defending, Number 6, direct free kick and Number 6 is sent off." What an absolute fraud.
  1. Jon Mamula
    commented on: February 7, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.
    The "beautiful game"? Not with this allowed to go on. The defender should be sent off, fined and miss three matches.
  1. F. Kirk Malloy
    commented on: February 7, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.
    What are you guys so upset about? Defensive pass interference, place the ball at the point of infraction, first down Barcelona!

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