Rugby (Spurs’ Bassong) vs Aussie Rules (Brisbane’s Pellegrino)

We have a couple of dirty fouls to bring you from the last week in world football.

The first foul comes from last weekend’s Premier League match between Chelsea and Spurs, which the Pensioners ran out comfortable 3-nil winners. With the Blues 1-goal to the good, only a series of dirty rugby-style tackles from new Lilywhite centre-half Sebastien Bassong stopped the Blues adding number two.

Standing as the last defender, the Frenchman grappled furiously with his Ivorian opponent before finally wrestling Drogba to the ground, only for referee Howard Webb to allow play to continue with Michael Essien quickly arrived on the scene. But having grounded one Chelsea man, Bassong then set about rugby tackling his second victim to the floor with referee Howard Webb eventually blowing up for a free-kick on the edge of the Tottenham box.

Sebastien Bassong’s series of rugby tackles can be seen here.

By contrast, A-League viewers watched a typically Aussie Rules tackle go unnoticed during the Brisbane Roar’s humiliating 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Perth Glory last weekend.

The incident related to Perth’ fourth goal of the game. Like an Australian rules speccy that comes slightly unstuck, Roar keeper Liam Reddy jumped high to try and catch Adriano Pellegrino’s up-and-under into the box only for the number one to see the ball slip through his fingers and into the net. Yet on closer inspection the keeper was absolved of any wrongdoing as cheeky Perth defender Chris Coyne was clearly caught pushing the keeper out of the way as the keeper tried to take the catch.

There was a great moment of comedy attached to Pellegrino’s goal too. When recording the live footage, Australian TV managed to pick up Roar’s captain Craig Moore confidently shouting to his goalieYou’ve got protection” as the ball fell out of the sky. But after Coyne had done his dirty deed, the defender quickly responded “No he hasn’t” before wheeling away to celebrate the goal.

The footage can be seen here.


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