Did Cardiff owner Vincent Tan boo his club after draw vs. Sunderland?


Needless to say, Vincent Tan is not a popular figure in Cardiff, Wales at the moment.

Ever since the Malaysian self-made billionaire purchased a controlling share of the Welsh club in 2010, Tan has become a lighting-rod of controversy from the start; most-notably when he announced the club would be changing its club colors from blue to red, followed by his recent decision to relieve beloved manager Malky Mackay of his duties after a much-publicized ultimatum via email.

Fast forward to Saturday when Tan was caught by cameras appearing to boo his own players after Jack Colback scored a dramatic equalizer to help Sunderland draw Cardiff 2-2 in their Premier League clash. The Dragons’ owner gesture went viral on social media:

Tan’s latest act will surely not endear him to Cardiff CIty fans anytime soon. Earlier in the week, a group of 200 Cardiff supporters gathered outside Cardiff City Stadium before the Boxing Day 3-0 defeat against Southampton to protest against Tan.



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Paolo di Canio faces angry Sunderland fans after loss to West Brom



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Has Paolo di Canio taken a page out of Jose Mourinho’s notebook?

The embattled Sunderland boss walked back out onto the pitch for a quick “chat” with his supporters on Saturday after a 3-0 loss at West Brom, which left the Black Cats with just one point from their first five Premier League matches.

Heavily criticized by fans over his team’s awful start to the season, Di Canio curiously decided to face the music in similar fashion to what Mourinho had done last year. You may remember, the “Special One” walked out onto the Bernabeu pitch prior to a Real Madrid match to “offer” fans a chance to boo him personally, which they did.

Di Canio’s act, in comparison, came very much out of the blue. Instead of addressing his team in the locker room, he clearly felt he needed to give some attention to his agitated fan base. As you can see, it wasn’t particularly convincing. Di Canio shrugged his shoulders a few times and pointed to his chin, as if to say, “Keep your head up, lads”

Perhaps Di Canio should take his own advice. He may need to look around for a new job very soon.


Pele asks Brazil supporters not to boo if team plays poorly


The Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday and host nation Brazil is widely viewed as the favorites to win the competition. After a string of disappointing performances in the 2010 World Cup, 2011 Copa America, and 2012 Summer Olympics, Brazilians are understandably on edge.

The legendary Pele has stepped up and asked his fellow countrymen to support the team and refrain from booing even if they struggle.

He tells Goal.com:

“A request to all Brazilians, to those who love Brazilian football, to respect this preparation period before the Confederations Cup. Don’t jeer the team, and don’t bring violence to the stadiums. Let’s host a clean cup - even if the team doesn’t perform well, we should not jeer - and support the players, because they need this.”

This will be an interesting test to gauge the Brazilian temperament a year prior to their hosting of the 2014 World Cup.


PSY performs at Coppa Italia, fans not impressed

Apparently, Gangnam style is still alive.

South Korea’s PSY performed his hit song at the Stadio Olimpico during the Italian Cup final pregame festivities, but it appears that Roma and Lazio fans don’t care too much for him.

He was booed throughout his performance and fans even tried to drown him out with their own chants (1:35) and light off fireworks (2:01) to cover up the noise. The rapper tried to ease the tension by yelling “I love Italy” in Italian, but he was met with even more boos (3:22).

Roma and Lazio fans may not agree on much, but at least they were able to come together and unite against a common musical enemy.