Greetings from the land of sand. Here we introduce a new weekly segment on Managing Madrid where I walk around my international campus and ask random people of different backgrounds and football loyalties questions about the footballing world and Real Madrid.
Everyone knows the story of the Real Madrid vs Barcelona Super Cup brawl this summer. Some may have decided to let it slide and move on as we resume week to week la Liga play, interrupted by a few international breaks.
Meanwhile, however, the rest of us were not-so-eagerly awaiting The Spanish Football Federation decision on Mourinho's punishment for the childish eye poke inflicted on Barcelona assistant coach Tito Villanova.
When the news of Mourinho's punishment finally surfaced, including the two-match ban from the next to Super Cup fixtures and a 600 euro fine, many people had something to say. The majority thought that the "Special One" had gotten off much too lightly and deserved more of a punishment for his actions. Given the controversy, I decided to question a few people here and see what they thought.
Let's just say I heard almost the complete opposite, from Barcelona and Real fans alike:
"So not reasonable. It's nothing, just a poke. Although his actions were uncalled for it's still just a poke."
"A two match ban for poking a guy?It's retarded. Players slap players and they don't get banned. He's supposed to lead the team morally but that isn't written in the rule-book."
"It's just right. Nothing more, nothing less."
-James, New Zealand
"It's good. He provoked the fight to turn into something bigger so he deserved at least some form of punishment."
"It's too late to call for the ban. Why bring it up again? The fine is enough."
"The conviction is too severe. Everyone was fighting. All Mourinho did was put his finger on someone's face."
"It's a late banning first of all. 600 euros is too little... What kind of punishment is that?"
Everyone agrees that Mourinho's actions were uncalled for. However the severity of the punishment (whether too much or too little) and the time the punishment was released is still questionable.
What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
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