Mesut Ozil: "Villa insulted my religion"
David Villa, Marcelo, and Mesut Ozil were shown the red card in the dying moments of the game. A look at what Ozil had to say about his relatiation
17th August, 2011: A Lionel Messi double inspired European and Spanish champions Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid in their Super Cup second leg clash here Wednesday and a 5-4 aggregate win.
The bad feeling between the two sides boiled over at the end of the match which saw three players —Marcelo, Mesut Ozil and David Villa— getting sent off.
The injury time of the second leg saw a rather bizarre scuffle between 2 players: David Villa and Mesut Ozil. Completely differing from the likes of Gennaro Gattuso, Joey Barton and co., Ozil has always remained humble on and off the pitch. One gets staggered to see a player of such a modest caliber lose his head out of outrageous fury.
Sportpulse takes you back to the scene explaining why Ozil exploded in the closing stages of the match.
According to [Football.Fr] Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil was quoted, “I did this because I was defending my religion because David Villa insulted Islam.” referring to his actions against Villa at the closing minutes brawl at the Super Cup.
It appeared in TV video clips that David Villa hit Mesut Ozil first and the German international retaliated. The brawl was the reaction when Cesc Fabregas was tackled helplessly by Marcelo right at the closing minutes of the game as players from both the benches got off to wrestle each other.
Villa and Ozil’s actions will be subject to either one-game or three-game bans from the Supercopa.
"We are going to have to be very careful and calm down the play on the pitch, because this type of match will finish really badly one day," Guardiola said during a post-match press conference. If Villa really said what Ozil is blaming him for, I would recommend Guardiola to stop philosophizing about the future of the El Classico and start working with his players. He might want to start with some basic ethic classes.
So there you have it. David Villa, one of the so-called best strikers in the world, tried to offend Real Madrid's player Mesut Ozil because he's a Muslim and said bad things about his religion. Does that have a place in football, or even in humanity?