There’s an old adage that describes soccer (football) as a gentleman’s game played by ruffians and rugby as a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen. That’s never more true than when the gentlemen playing the game are ladies. Take, for example, the supremely thuggish antics of Elizabeth Lambert, a 21-year-old defender on the New Mexico Lobos women’s soccer team. I know she doesn’t look dangerous, but just check out this carnage.
A lot of people in America knock soccer for being a soft sport played by kids and foreigners, but those that do have never seen someone stop a soccer ball with their face or take a kick to the chops during a sliding tackle. It gets violent, and as I explained to my friend’s daughter once during a lecture on how to get away with violence during sporting events, sometimes you have to give back instead of just getting.
Now, Elizabeth got a yellow card eventually, but she deserved a red card and an expulsion from the game. Or an elbow to the face from a disgruntled BYU Cougar. If you’re going to start that kind of ruckus, you should be carted off with a broken nose, at the very least.
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