Updated: 27/07/2012 12:30 | By pa.press.net

Giggs unhappy with Senegal tackling



Craig Bellamy scored Great Britain's opener

Craig Bellamy scored Great Britain's opener

Ryan Giggs has condemned the tackling that left Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Craig Bellamy nursing injuries after Team GB's 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford.

The robust approach angered the home camp, who were particularly aggrieved at the lack of protection offered by Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov. Bellamy was on the wrong end of an atrocious tackle by Saliou Ciss on the edge of the penalty area, while Sadio Mane was a regular transgressor.

"All you want is a bit of protection," said Giggs. "You don't want anyone to get sent off but there were a few naughty challenges in there and a few of our lads are probably struggling for Sunday now which is disappointing when you only have 18 players to choose from."

He added: "There was no consistency. Craig Bellamy got booked going in for a header and then there were some ridiculous challenges but you don't even see a yellow card. I don't know how many fouls the number 10 (Mane) had but in a Premier League game he'd probably have been sent off three times."

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse claimed his players had done nothing wrong, turning quickly on his side's detractors.

"From where I was sitting there was nothing in that (the Bellamy tackle)," he said. "I know these boys very well and I know they would never do anything harsh. I am surprised at what people are saying, given this is Great Britain, where they talk so much about fighting spirit. I can't say I saw a bad tackle on the pitch."

Coach Stuart Pearce adopted a phlegmatic stance, knowing there is nothing he could do to affect the game from his position on the touchline.

"I am not sure whether it (the foul on Bellamy) was in the box, but it was a foul," he said. "The referee didn't think it was. That is all that matters."

It wouldn't have mattered so much if GB had been able to maintain the advantage Bellamy gave them with a neat first-half volley. But when Moussa Konate struck eight minutes from time, it took the edge of what, up to that point, had been a very encouraging evening for a completely new team.

"It would have been nice to win the game," said Pearce. "There were one or two nervous faces in the dressing room before the match. Some elements of our play were very good, but there are others, including our movement of the ball, that we need to work on."

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27/07/2012 09:00
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the tackling was disgraceful
Bellamy could have had his leg broken
And as for their coach saying he didnt see a bad tackle, he is either blind or stupid but
probably both
Disgraceful display they should be thrown out of the competition now
definitely not in the Olympic spirit
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I WOULD QUESTION THAT REF WAS HE ON A BUNG and who checked the ages of the senegal team i mean there is no corruption in africa is there ?
27/07/2012 08:09
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I agree with tommy to a point, but I am not loving this, it's sad.

There are a lot of good young players out there who this will do no good for at all in their development or career. Talking of young I doubt it is unlikely there are any under 23 year old Senegal players out there; can FIFA prove there date of birth? I doubt they can either.

27/07/2012 08:00
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How they finished the game with 11 players i will never know. Maybe our team are ****  they would never have done that to an england team with Stuart Pearce in it.  
27/07/2012 16:57
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iTS A DISGRACE REALLY WHEN YOU THINK OF IT,A SMALL ISLAND LIKE OURS AND WE CARNT JOIN TOGETHER AND MAKE A FOOTBALL TEAM WITHOUT BICKERING AND BRINGING NATIONALITIES INTO IT.SAD REALLY FOR THE UK.
27/07/2012 08:04
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Senegal are a third world country with third world politics what else would you expect.
27/07/2012 15:27
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Watching the match, I was struck by how poorly we actually controlled and passed the ball, many passes even short ones went either directly to the opposition, or were very easy to cut out.  Our players had little passion to work as a team or even to play football, lucky to even get a draw on that form.  Problem with the premier league these days is that the players know that there is always a team mate to pick up the ball if they screw up, here that is not the case and you have to work for it!

If Team GB play this way against a real opponent they will get a real drubbing!

27/07/2012 09:18
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Can I remind people that if you watch a replay of the national anthem being played at England games half of the players don't sing either !  
27/07/2012 08:44
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How disrespectful some players in the GB team did not sing the national anthem what a lack of respect
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If you do not have a strong referee to stamp this behaviour out then you will end up with a dirty game of football. The Senegalese, were just taking advantage of the weak refereeing, and you cannot blame them for that. Giggs, and company should have got stuck into the Senegalese at once, instead of crying like a bunch of schoolgirls.
27/07/2012 15:12
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I don't think anyone is accusing Senegal o being dirty, but clearly there were a number of late tackles, simply because our players were mostly Premier League Players as such, they were always going to be able to pass the ball on, or move the ball, to get into a better position. 

 

Senegal were a bunch of Amateur Players for the most part, and as such late tackling was always going to happen, but whether they are deliberate or not there were a lot of fouls that warranted Yellow Cards, and the one on Bellamy was DEFINITELY a penalty.

27/07/2012 09:39
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 What planet was the Senegal coach and the ref on?  Both should go to Specsavers today. Even if we'd won it still wouldn't put a smile on Pearce's miserable face - it's only a game! 
27/07/2012 11:58
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Oh please stop blaming the tackling and admit that we played poorly, couldn't even beat Senegal! Until yesterday I didn't know that they had a team, and it was good to see them playing like men. We have got to stop blaming the other side's tactics and start playing real football like a real team, what we have at the moment is  pathetic and to make excuses is even more pathetic
27/07/2012 14:14
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its an easy solution, if a player is seen not to be singing the anthem, they dont play ,,,,easy
27/07/2012 15:38
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BurforD ,coley,and Tim lee, The Scots and northern Irish did not participate through choice,The Team GB performance was appalling,Gentlemen what you witnessed last night was the future of English football..... Unfortunately for Team GB, Olympic rules do not allow the participation of the overpaid overrated foreigners who grace our leagues on Saturdays and greatly enhance what is after all a pretty poor league. Bottom line is,anybody would come here for the money sky pumps in..........Sorry.    
27/07/2012 12:07
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wasent impressed in  the foot ball my ten year old could have done better same old story same old england.  GB was no different if it wasent for the forieng players the clubs would not be where they are know what happend to our own grown players
27/07/2012 10:59
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GOOD JOB GIGGS DIDNT PLAY IN THE DAYS OF ,,"CHOPPER HARRIS, NORMAN HUNTER, RON YEATS, BREMNER,,, REAL MEN AND FOOTBALLERS. HE WOULDNT OF LASTED 5 MATCHES ?
27/07/2012 10:13
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I was at Senegal's qualifying game at the City of Coventry Stadium against Oman (as was Stuart Pearce, a few seats behind me). Their tackling in that game was just as heavy handed, and both their goals came from counter attacks, so TeamGB were well aware of their style of play and threat on the counter (which lead to their goal).

Yes, the Bellamy challenge was a foul, as were a few others, and there was no consistency in the refereeing, but they are no excuses for the fact that TeamGB have only played together for a few weeks, so there are going to be mistakes whilst they gel together
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A bunch of overpaid pansys. As for not sinigng the National Anthem - you are a disgrace !!!!!!
27/07/2012 09:50
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I am guessing Senegal haven't been listening to the 'kick it out' campaign, or the preaching from the 'lets all be nice to each other' brigade. These girls have weakened our players and it was plainly evident to see. Players from the 1960's would have decked a few of the b stards.
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Giggs unhappy with Senegal tacklingRyan Giggs has condemned the tackling that left Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Craig Bellamy nursing injuries after Team GB's 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford.pa.press.net2012-07-27T12:30:492012-07-27T12:30:49Craig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerRyan Giggs has condemned the tackling that left Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Craig Bellamy nursing injuries after Team GB's 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford.The robust approach angered the home camp, who were particularly aggrieved at the lack of protection offered by Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov. Bellamy was on the wrong end of an atrocious tackle by Saliou Ciss on the edge of the penalty area, while Sadio Mane was a regular transgressor."All you want is a bit of protection," said Giggs. "You don't want anyone to get sent off but there were a few naughty challenges in there and a few of our lads are probably struggling for Sunday now which is disappointing when you only have 18 players to choose from."He added: "There was no consistency. Craig Bellamy got booked going in for a header and then there were some ridiculous challenges but you don't even see a yellow card. I don't know how many fouls the number 10 (Mane) had but in a Premier League game he'd probably have been sent off three times."Senegal coach Aliou Cisse claimed his players had done nothing wrong, turning quickly on his side's detractors."From where I was sitting there was nothing in that (the Bellamy tackle)," he said. "I know these boys very well and I know they would never do anything harsh. I am surprised at what people are saying, given this is Great Britain, where they talk so much about fighting spirit. I can't say I saw a bad tackle on the pitch."Coach Stuart Pearce adopted a phlegmatic stance, knowing there is nothing he could do to affect the game from his position on the touchline."I am not sure whether it (the foul on Bellamy) was in the box, but it was a foul," he said. "The referee didn't think it was. That is all that matters."It wouldn't have mattered so much if GB had been able to maintain the advantage Bellamy gave them with a neat first-half volley. But when Moussa Konate struck eight minutes from time, it took the edge of what, up to that point, had been a very encouraging evening for a completely new team."It would have been nice to win the game," said Pearce. "There were one or two nervous faces in the dressing room before the match. Some elements of our play were very good, but there are others, including our movement of the ball, that we need to work on."seo_keywordsTeam GB quotes F6Craig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's openerCraig Bellamy scored Great Britain's opener

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