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Cincinnati sports fans say they are frustrated to hear of even more off-season charges of misconduct by Bengals players.

Many, however, spent Sunday focused on another game of "football" altogether.

"I actually hadn't heard anything about what's going on with the Bengals," Alex Doyle admitted. "So today it's all about soccer and the World Cup."

Doyle spent Sunday afternoon with law school friends watching the nail-biting up and down game for team US.

"I mean, it's the World Cup," Jared Hess said. "If you're a soccer fan that's it, that's the big game."

While Cincinnati sports fans were glued to the game in Germany, Bengals Player Cedric Benson was leaving jail in Austin, Texas.

Benson's recent arrest now adds to the list of players making headlines in the last few weeks for their behavior off the field. It's behavior soccer fans say you typically do not see in the other sport of "football".

"I don't know what to say," Hess admitted. "Soccer is a fairly clean sport, at least women's soccer."

"They're a good team and I think they need to check themselves every once in a while," Doyle said of the Bengals players. "They tend to get in trouble more than other teams."

Fellow law school student Christopher Stull says win or lose, people pull for team US, unlike the fair weather fan reaction he says he witnessed last season with the Bengals.

"People were starting to boo their own teammates," he recalled. "That's the great thing about the World Cup; it's the USA, we're all on the same team."

Some say Bengals fans' frustration with the team stems beyond just their frustration with the players' behavior.  

"We've had a couple of seasons that maybe haven't been as good as everyone may have hoped so our expectations haven't been met," Hess said. "So I think when you compound those two and put them together it just adds another level of frustration."

"I think with the lockout happening right now I think a lot of the players don't know if they have to abide by the personal conduct policy," Stull ventured. "[They're thinking] 'I don't have any responsibility to you so I'm going to go out and do whatever I want'. And I hope they impose some suspensions on these players when the lockout hopefully ends soon."

"Frankly if the owners weren't so greedy then maybe the players would be in the gym working out all the time instead of being out causing trouble," Hess said.

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