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发表于 2010-10-17 21:21 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
The rules are the rules. Luis Suárez, a striker, did not have to think as he batted a sure goal away from the line. He did the crime and he would do the time but he saved the World Cup for Uruguay — and he broke the heart of Africa.
Has this ever happened before, in any sport, where an entire continent was putting its hopes, its prayers, its soul, into a melee in front of a soccer goal?
    Dozens of countries, so disparate, so far removed from each other, were surely wishing for Ghana to become the first African nation to reach the semifinals of the World Cup.
    Ghana had the support of Nelson Mandela, the former president, now 91, who sent a letter to the Ghanaian federation saying that the entire continent wished success to the last African team. The South African team became the first host not to make it out of the first round, so all around Africa people became honorary Ghanaians after Ghana ousted the United States, fair and square, last Saturday.
    But now all of Africa is gone, done in by an exchange that favored Uruguay. This was no Hand of God, so dubbed by Diego Maradona, after he swatted home a goal on the fly for Argentina in the quarterfinals of 1986. In that prehistoric age, the officials did not have a clue that Diego had made his deal with the devil, although the English defenders certainly knew.
    The swat by Suárez had the smell of sulfur to it, no deities involved. He performed his handball on the goal line with the entire field watching him. He saved the game for Uruguay. He cuffed a continent as surely as he batted away the goal.
    Suárez reacted in the first minute of injury time of the second overtime period, meaning the players had gone 120 official minutes and then nearly another one. Ghana was swarming the Uruguay goal. And Suárez stood on the line and knocked the ball away.
    But was it cheating — or was it a cynical trade under the rules of a sport in which goals do not happen very easily? Suárez had no time to reason it out, but he is a professional, he knows the score.
    He is 23 years old, plays for Ajax in the Netherlands, and he had to know there was a leeway in the law of soccer that allowed him to take a red card, an automatic expulsion and banishment from at least the next match. But at least there will be a next game. Uruguay will go on to play the Netherlands in the semifinals next Tuesday in Cape Town. Ghana is done. Africa is done.
    The drama afterward was not inevitable, although it seemed that way. The trade Suárez arranged in an instant was his expulsion for a penalty kick for Ghana, no automatic, ever. It’s not a fair exchange but it is the rule of the sport.
    Moments later, Asamoah Gyan whacked the ball off the crossbar, up, up and away. The 1-1 draw went into penalty kicks and Uruguay won, 4-2. Africa will not reach the semifinals this time.
    For a time in those final furious seconds, the vuvuzelas seemed to die down because the fans were actually watching the match and reacting the way fans have always reacted in this sport of very few goals. They oohed and they ahhed and they roared and then they groaned.
    Even as Suárez was sent off the field, the fans in the stadium knew they had been deprived, and surely they would say cheated. But that’s the trade. Touch the ball on purpose, bat away a goal, and the other team has a pretty good chance to make a penalty kick. Should the referee have the right to wave an automatic goal? That’s for the folks from FIFA to take up when they discuss the possibility of electronic surveillance or more referees at their next rules meeting later in the month.
    The only thing left for Ghana was how it would react. After the players picked themselves up off the floor, Ghana officials said they had no recourse to protest.
    And Uruguay Coach Óscar Tabárez noted that Suárez would be penalized by missing the next game, and that was a fair price for the red card.
One lingering question is whether the ball crossed the line before Suárez touched it, but since world soccer does not provide for goal-line officials or electronic surveillance or chips in the ball, there is no provision for review.
Ghana’s gracious acceptance matched the kindness that has marked this South African World Cup. Now Africa has no team left in this tournament, but its last team played well, and when it lost, it lost with grace. That memory should last as long as the result.
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 楼主| 发表于 2010-10-17 21:22 | 显示全部楼层
2010年,7月2日
一个大陆希望的破灭
George Vecsey撰写
约翰尼斯堡

规则就是规则。当乌拉圭射手苏亚雷斯在球门线用手将球拍出来的时候,或许他并没有来得及想太多。他犯了错,却拯救了乌拉圭的本届世界杯之行 —— 让非洲人悲痛万分。

整个非洲大陆把希望,祝福,热情全寄托在球门前的一场混战上,这在以前,在任何体育赛事中,绝无仅有。

几十个国家,毫不相干,毫无血脉渊源,但都希望加纳成为进入世界杯半决赛的第一个非洲国家。

前南非总统纳尔逊.曼德拉,今年91岁,写信给加纳联邦政府说,我们整个大陆都期盼加纳(非洲的最后一支球队)能取得胜利。南非成为世界杯上第一个没有通过首轮的主场国家,自加纳在上周六直接淘汰美国队之后,所有的南非人开始支持加纳队。

但如今,非洲所有的国家都走了,运气偏向了乌拉圭。这不是上帝之手,这和阿根廷球星马拉多纳在1986年半决赛时忙碌中回传的那记球如出一辙。

苏亚雷斯的手球充满了火药味,并非无意识行为。全场都盯着他,他在球门线上将球拍打出来。他拯救了乌拉圭队,就像他拍出那记进球一样,他也拍走了整个非洲大陆。

苏亚雷斯在第二节加时赛伤停补时阶段的第一分钟起作用了,此时比赛已用完了官方规定的120分钟,即将结束。加纳队涌向乌拉圭的球门,苏亚雷斯站在球门线上用手拍出了球。

但是,这算是一种欺骗还是一种讽刺呢?尤其是在这项进球很不容易的体育运动的规则之下。苏亚雷斯没有时间去分析,但是他很专业,他知道这球进后意味着什么。

苏亚雷斯今年23岁,在荷兰效力于Ajax队,他知道自己吃一张红牌可能会给球队带来回旋余地,因此自愿在下一场比赛中被罢赛。至少他们还有下一场比赛,乌拉圭也将在下周二在开普敦同荷兰队进行半决赛,而加纳去了,整个非洲也去了...

惩罚是必然的,在意料之中。苏亚雷斯被罚出,同时判给加纳队一记点球。或许这对加纳并不公平,但这就是比赛规则。

片刻之后,吉安的一脚重射踢在球门上方的横梁上,向上倾斜飞了出去。1:1的平局拖入了点球大战,最终乌拉圭4:2获胜。非洲国家这次终与半决赛无缘。

在最后欢呼的几秒钟里,场上似乎死一般的沉寂。他们惊讶,失望,抱怨,叹息(阅读的读者请指导一下该长句的翻译,谢谢)...

虽然苏亚雷斯被罚出场外,体育馆的球迷们却很清楚他们被骗了。但是,那就是交易。故意手球犯规,拍出必进之球,对手球队有相当好的机会罚中点球。难道裁判就有权改写一次必然得分?当然,这些都是国际足联的工作,他们也将在本月稍后的规则会议上讨论增设电子监控,增加裁判员的可能性。

唯一不解的是,加纳会做出如何的反应呢?球员们离开赛场后,加纳裁判说他们不会提出抗议。

乌拉圭教练Óscar Tabárez说,苏亚雷斯吃了一张红牌,将会缺失下一场比赛,他也付出了应有的代价。

还有一个疑问,在苏亚雷斯触球之前,球是否已经越过球门线了呢?既然世界足球没有安排专门的球门线裁判,也没提供电子监控或球内芯片等设备,这些也无从考究了。

加纳友好接受这一结果符合南非世界杯和谐的主旨。非洲国家在比赛中至此已全部出局,最后离开的这支球队不但技术好,败也败得很有风度。这段记忆将同比赛结果一起,永远不会被遗忘。

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 楼主| 发表于 2010-10-17 21:22 | 显示全部楼层
翻译得不好,还请朋友们多多指正,谢谢大家!
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