November 09, 2004

Professional Football: An excuse for violence and destroying the sport in general?

This is just a summary of my personal thoughts at the direction in which professional football is heading. There is no source material or evidence to support what I am writing and it is only an opinion, so feel free to comment.

After watching several games since the Premiership kicked off this season I have noticed the increase in what if was not on a football pitch would be described as unacceptable and in some cases anti social behaviour.

One of the main things which is not physical abuse but is the way a player will get a decision made against them and will go charging up to a referee or linesman and shout in their faces. I donít think this is a very sporting attitude to have. But not only that but if someone said something that wasnít agreed upon it normally be the case you would charge up to the person in question and shout in their face.

The next thing which aggravates me is the constant attempt to cheat the officials. A player diving is possibly the worst right after the fake injuries that occur just to land a colleague from another football team into the refereeís book. I think this is a terrible example to pass down both into the amateur game and to children that watch the game from a young age.

My final point of a list which could go on forever is tackling. Tackling in general is clearly a big part of football; however I mean the tackles where no clear attempt is made for the ball. If this occurred in the street a person would be charged with assault, and often the reaction of the tackled player if they chose to hit back is assault also.

I think the only way for football to save itself from what is becoming in my opinion worse to watch game by game is to first of all start by having an adequate punishment system. It clearly isnít at the moment for example take drugs and get banned for a month less than a player who missed a drug test by accident. And from the level of the players play fair to make a better game for not only the players but for everyone who is involved and help it remain a fair sport at all levels of ability.

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  1. I'm a hockey player. In our game if you run up to the umpire, swear at them and shout at them you could well recieve a red card and a 16-day ban. Any threat of violence to an umpire or other player is now at least a 30-day ban. Not game but day. And you can't even enter the playing surface so you can watch your team but only from outside the fence. Surprisingly there aren't a particularly high number of red cards. We also have sin binning which i think would greatly help football as it gives time for simmering down and also lets your team down so much more than just being booked.

    Footbal is becoming an excuse for big men to throw themselves about. My grandad, who played amongst others for Coventry and Milwall, would be turning in his grave if he could see his gentleman's game today. I watched a junior game (I'm guessing under 7s, they were diddy) and even there there were kids throwing themselves on the floor in fake dives. Some of our professionals are setting very poor examples.

    09 Nov 2004, 16:42

  2. I can't remember what it was an advert for, but there was one on TV a while back where the had secret cameras pretending to watch a football team in training, but they were practicing their dives and fake injuries…it was very funny. But sadly probably very close to reality.

    I also love it when players get fines, and they are the equivilant of a weeks pay…oh no, poor them. One less sports car this year.

    09 Nov 2004, 20:50

  3. As a would-be footballer (simply not good enough, at diving) I am often quite amused by certain red shirt wearing French footballers throwing themselves around all over the place, Robert Pires' cynical dive against Charlton recently was an excellent example of how blatantly stupid this game is getting (he stuck his leg out into that of the defender's, and then came the training ground dive). The easy answer to this is video refereeing, but unless miraculous technology is proffered, fans will be late for work on a Monday if attending Highbury on a Saturday afternoon, such is the frequency of their contentious appeals for penalties, free kicks, corners, throw-ins, goal kicks, substitutions, pitch invasions, touchline bans, prize money, Arsene Wenger to be made Secretary General of the UN (part-time), Pat Rice to be given a knighthood, Manchester United to be relieved of points…the list is endless. And another thing, when watching Fulham v Arsenal earlier this season, one of the last moral bastions of society was destroyed by this team of whingy frenchmen, they made the referee change his mind!!! I couldn't believe it, the referee said "player reaction made me think otherwise" I can see it now, Argentina '86: Maradona puts the ball into the back of Englands net, Terry Butcher leads a ranting protest at the referee, who decides to book the impish druggie (if only)

    Ah well, rather an essay, amazing what you can do when there's an assignment due in…

    25 Nov 2004, 10:09

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