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May 9, 2011

Messi Shot the Ball

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 4:09 am

[Glossary]

* spectator : [NOUN] A spectator is someone who watches something, especially a sporting event.
Thirty thousand spectators watched the final game.

* victim : [NOUN] A victim is someone who has been hurt or killed.
[PHRASE] If you fall victim to something or someone, you suffer as a result of them, or you are killed by them.

* controversial : [ADJ] If you describe something or someone as controversial, you mean that they are the subject of intense public argument, disagreement, or disapproval.
Immigration is a controversial issue in many countries.

* condone : [VERB] If someone condones behaviour that is morally wrong, they accept it and allow it to happen.
I have never encouraged nor condoned violence

* insult : [VERB] If someone insults you, they say or do something that is rude or offensive.
[NOUN] An insult is a rude remark, or something a person says or does which insults you.
[PHRASE] You say to add insult to injury when mentioning an action or fact that makes an unfair or unacceptable situation even worse.

[Text]

Lionel Andres Messi is from Argentina and he’s in the club ‘FC Barcelona’. He is, according to most, the best player in the world. Those who won’t admit it will at least concede that he’s among the top ten soccer players out there.
A few days ago, soccer player Messi shot a soccer ball into spectators in an ‘El Clasico (FC Barcelona VS. Real Madrid)’ match[1]. But he made the gesture seemed to take no wrong and also the referee didn’t take any actions agianst Messi.[2]

There are some guesses as to why he shot a soccer ball into the spectators.
First, Real Madrid’s fans insulted his parents. Second, the game did not go well, so he was angry.
but no one knows why he shot a soccer ball into the spectators.
Victims(spectators) threw the ball back at him and some other things as well, while also yelling at the Argentine player and shot laser beams from laser pointers towards Messi’s eyes when he shot a free kick in the next match.

His coach said ” I can not condone his conduct and his action is unprofessional. His attitude is controversial.[3]

[References]
[1]http://ens.vop.co.kr/A00000386174.html
[2]http://www.hankyung.com/news/app/newsview.php?aid=201104208278k&sid=0107&nid=007&ltype=1
[3]http://xportsnews.hankyung.com/?ac=article_view&entry_id=163484

[Discussion question]
1. What do you think about Messi’s attitude?

–> What do you think about Messi’s attitude?

2. What do you think about the Soccer fan’s excessive acts of hostility?

–> What do you think about the soccer fans’ excessive acts of hostility towards Messi?

3. Why do you think the referee didn’t take any action againt messi?

–> Why do you think the referee didn’t take any action against Messi?

(Class #93, Group #3)
김근휘 이다해 최충권 황유성

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Teacher’s Note:

I have chosen the following three vocabulary items to be on Written Test #2:

1. spectator: (noun) someone who watches something, especially a sporting event

2. controversial: (adjective) when someone or something is the subject of intense public argument, disagreement, or disapproval

3. condone: (verb) when someone accepts behavior this is morally wrong and allows it to happen

I have chosen the following discussion question to be on the Final Speaking Test.

– Why do you think the referee didn’t take any action against Messi?

Remember to stress it properly.

Why do you think the referee didn’t take any action against Messi?

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