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Italy vs. New Zealand World Cup 2010: Italia, the Drama Queen of the Tournament

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Referee Carlos Batres cautions Rory Fallon of New Zealand during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Italy and New Zealand at the Mbombela Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 20, 2010

Have you ever seen so many facial expressions of “fake” pain, flops and most of all bad acting in any sporting event?

New Zealand vs. Italia had one bad actor, Italia!

Italia has to win the worst actor of the year award, and if there isn’t such an award someone should make one up.

DeRossi’s flop in the box was a disgrace. It was cheating on the worlds biggest stage.

The referee who bought DeRossi’s stage play added another page to the resume of what may turn out to be the worst officiating job in world cup history.

Team USA has an upfront and center understanding on this subject.


The DeRossi flop gave Italia the equalizer that denied New Zealand the win they deserved.

Going forward I hope Italia gets what they deserve, a ticket back to Rome.

Oh relax there Italian fans! This is all-in-fun trash talking, but your team does need acting lessons.

Enough said.

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