There was a time when rowdy pick-up soccer games took place on the Ellipse in front of the White House, when a powerful leg could damn near reach the Rose Garden. No longer. The pigs cracked down after 9/11, when it was decreed that foreign commie sports enjoyed by minorities were not to be played within a mile of George W. Bush. FC Barcelona discovered this yesterday in advance of an exhibition game against Manchester United. Barca blitzed through the top teams in Europe a few months ago, but they were not going to sneak past this peevish U.S. Park Police officer and train on the Ellipse. Look at how sheepish David Villa appears as he's ordered back on the bus. Clearly, he's been in trouble with the park police before.

Video by Emma Carmichael