Joel Campbell Is A Cheat & The Game Allows Him To Be
This is Costa Rica international Joel Campbell and he is a cheat.
You might think I’m just being insanely bitter about Costa Rica beating the United States last Friday in the World Cup Qualifiers, but the game was pretty much lost when Michael Bradley hurt his ankle in final warm-ups and the midfield was nothing but Jermaine Jones running like a crazy person doing Jermaine Jones things. The entire US squad was flat that night, something we’ll talk about on this week’s podcast, and Costa Rica got their revenge for that snow game many moons ago. It happened, move on to the next objective at hand, Mexico in Columbus. Why Joel Campbell is a cheat is the bullshit shenanigans he did on the pitch on Friday and the fact that the game’s lawmakers enable such activities to happen. Watch the video.
No one with a straight face can even call this clever gamesmanship. This is straight up such a horseshit move that really not only infuriates those that love the beautiful game, but gives its haters that absurd angle to lean into that the players are nothing but sissies that would go down from a gentle breeze. So the theatrics were bad enough. Making it worse is the fact that the referee believed it and booked US defender Matt Besler as if he were responsible for it.
And of course governing bodies of football at both club and international level are so archaic that they make the NCAA look liberal. Plenty has been said about the king so sits atop the throne, Sepp Blatter so forget about him. It would be refreshing if CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb showed some balls and responded to this now that just about everyone and their dog has seen it and rescinded Besler’s yellow card and give it to Campbell. Of course that only happens in a fantasy world where logic and sense are applied; here in the real world, we have that jackass Blatter saying in classic troll mode, “We made a mistake at that time.” (regarding the 2020 World Cup being awarded to Qatar). That’s what makes the whole matter all the more infuriating. There is video proof of such shenanigans, but no one will do anything about it. Match officials are guarded better than some foreign dignitaries like they’re in some sort of witness protection on steroids even when everything goes right in a match. To try and get a syllable or a fart out of one when there’s a controversial moment, good luck. Just even a, “Yep. I got it wrong” at least gives respect to the tough job they do. Though any competent official would’ve known what Campbell did sullies the game in general, but no – match officials like their lawmakers are infallible. It happens everywhere in the world, so don’t think I’m typing this while wearing a red, white & blue hat like the one Apollo Creed wore in Rocky IV.
Somehow, someway Joel Campbell managed to get a contract offer from Arsenal in 2011. If I’m Wenger, I keep Campbell loaned out to whatever club would want to put up with him after this video has surfaced. Sadly, there’ll still be a market for a winger, as long as he’s got pace and can put a shot on the ball, unbelievable cheat moves like this be damned. Hell if I’m Wenger, I terminate his contract immediately and leave him at Olympiacos because that he doesn’t deserve to wear the Arsenal shirt. Then again, he’s been loaned out three times ever since signing with the Gunners (oh and has made exactly zero appearances for them) – hell at least Nicky B. had some use for them.
Not that I will wish injury and a shortened playing career on anyone, but I hope this video follows him wherever he goes and he does absolutely squat in football. Joel Campbell is a cheat and sadly, those in charge of the game from referee to board rooms allow such players to exist. Let’s just hope that the “football gods” show him some karma in the immediate future in that no self-respecting professional club wants any business with him.
So yeah, fuck Joel Campbell.