messi kicked out of clasico

Persistent fouling a real mess

December 13, 2008
By Jon Carter
For the footballing purists out there, much of what occurred in the first half of the highly-anticipated 'El Clasico' match on Saturday night would have been taken in from behind the sofa.

The persistent and cynical fouling of Lionel Messi by Real Madrid's players left little to the imagination and it appears that when a football player becomes as important as Messi has for the Catalans, there is only one way to stop him.

This is not a new phenomenon, however. NBA star Shaquille ...

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