So the new season has started and if you were watching before the game (the banner was rolled out) and on Sky TV, the Premier League have come up with a campaign (Programme they call it!) for the new season following feedback from us, the fans (did the questionnaire come with the Sky magazine??).
Eight and a half years after the Man Utd players surrounding Andy d?Urso and Roy Keane showed how many veins were in his neck, the FA have embarked on a campaign to clean up the game. This time they are targeting all levels of the game, Premier League down and grass roots up? how exciting. It?s called ?Respect? and ?it is The FA's programme of activities to combat unacceptable behaviour in our game at every level ? on the pitch and from the sidelines.?
The problem is this Programme will remove the lowest common denominator?. the players harassing referee?s? but the FA could have done this by straight yellow or red cards?. but this isn?t what is spoiling our game!
For those of us at the Blackburn game, we witnessed ?Respect? at its worst. It isn?t about constant challenging the referee, it is about cheating both the referee and your fellow sportsman of true and fair decisions. Midway through the 2nd half, Steven Reid fell injured off the pitch near the six yard line. He then rolled around enough to be half on the pitch by the time the trainer got to him. Fortunately in this instance the referee was wise to this, and made him move off the pitch, but unfortunately Steven Reid was guilty of cheating - further exasperated by him entering the field of play like a gazelle less than 15 seconds later.
However small this offence, it is showing a lack of ?respect? to both the referee, the fans and the Everton players? he tried to gain a bit of advantage for his team by having the game stopped whilst he was treated.
Many more examples could be given and most less trivial? until players treat each other with respect what chance have we got?
Fast forward to June 2009. The FA/Premier League boardrooms are full?. Trieseman, Brooking, Scudamore... there have been no instances of players running 30 yards to press their nose into the referee after a difficult decision. Ashley Cole has admitted he was wrong about Graham Poll. Roy Keane sacks two players for blaming the referee during his half-time team talk... ah the sweet sound of success? performance bonus?s to the boys?.?Respect? really worked? the fans will be pleased???We must get Sky to send another questionnaire??..
But cheating?. show some respect ? that?s just part of the beautiful game.
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1 Posted 21/08/2008 at 03:21:13
Your team is leading 1-0. The opponent’s captain Steven Gerrard is racing alone towards your goal, and moments from entering the penalty box. You are Tony Hibbert making the chase behind him. Do you:
A) Continue the chase into the penalty box and wait for an opening before making a fair tackle.
B) Hack the player down way outside the penalty box and receive your marching orders.
2 Posted 21/08/2008 at 04:41:43
3 Posted 21/08/2008 at 06:44:29
How many times do you see players raise their arms looking to gain a throw in when they know full well that they were the last person to touch the ball. It happens all of the time.
A player will concede a corner and then berate the linesman claiming this , that and anything else that might cross their tiny minds.
Very few footballers are well educated, erudite, call it what you will. Their first thought is to cheat, gain some sort of advantage.
Ashely Cole suddenly springs to mind for some reason !
4 Posted 21/08/2008 at 07:07:15
5 Posted 21/08/2008 at 07:33:17
If we want to eradicate every form of cheating from the game, we’ll end up with a human version of Pro evolution Soccer.
Great game, but it’s not the real thing.
Another point, who do we direct our vitriol towards if players stop trying to take unfair advantages? Imagine a world where John Terry or Steve Gerrard were considered ’fair’ or ’upstanding’.
Makes me shudder....
6 Posted 21/08/2008 at 09:15:32
A Gillingham player fell badly after being tackled right by the half way line about a yard from the edge of the pitch. The player, clearly in some pain crawled off the edge of the pitch in order to get treatment. his team mate (Sidibe - Now at Stoke) went over to him and dragged abd rolled him back on to the pitch in order to get th game stopped. The player himnself had cruciate ligament damage which according to one report might have been made worse by being dragged back on to the pitch.
I always feel that any player who receives treatment or any player that has the game stopped for lying down and rolling around should expect to be off the pitch for two full minutes. This would soon stop players feigning injury.
7 Posted 21/08/2008 at 09:29:33
This would soon stop the cheating bastards from staying down when they were not hurt.
This works perfectly well in rugby so I can’t see why it can’t be incorporated into football.
8 Posted 21/08/2008 at 10:31:10
I’ll probably lighten up the game though.
9 Posted 21/08/2008 at 10:46:37
10 Posted 21/08/2008 at 10:51:31
Footballers are trained as highly tuned athletes and like a racing car can break easy, but in the days of chopper harris, souness, vinnie jones or even david batty, the pysios never came on that much.
I blame the foreign influence that brought it here and the arrogance of fame that the young British have for partaking in it.
What is good though, you rarely see Everton players do this or even dive.
11 Posted 21/08/2008 at 10:56:21
12 Posted 21/08/2008 at 10:55:08
I am completely guilty of this.
I’ll now scream at players for stealing a few yards at a throw in ("FUCKIN’ GET BACK YOU!!") yet when I ’played’ (Liverpool Business Houses, 1977-80) I would have been claiming for EVERY throw in, foul, free kick etc.
Another inconsistency comes with fouls.
A lirttle nudge on an Everton player will bring cries (yes from me) of "HE’S ALL OVER HIS FUCKING BACK REF...EVERYTIME!" etc.
Yet should Lescott steam in on an opposition player and that player lose a leg, his head and both his plums and the ref blow for a foul.
"YOURFUCKINGJOKING!! He never went NEAR him" etc etc.
There is a certain irony that inconsistency is one of the things that has infuriated supporters most in recent years.
13 Posted 21/08/2008 at 12:50:14
The ref just needs the backing of the FA and no-one but no-one will risk getting carded for abusing the ref.
If the posters are up in the changies then they have no defence, ala Cahill
14 Posted 21/08/2008 at 13:18:51
Don’t want professional fouls - fine, make it a red card offence - result - virtually wiped out.
Don’t want tackles from behind - fine, make it a red card offence - result virtually wiped out.
Its that easy - sure it may take a season for players, managers and fans to get to grips but with any changes but so what?
Respect ? really easy - if you’re not the captain don’t talk to the ref unless he talks to you - if you do your going to get booked. End of. Deal with it.
You don’t want players faking injury - even easier - if you need treatment your off the pitch for 5 minutes - they are the rules and if you are genuinely injured - sorry but your off.
You don’t want diving - fine - a player goes down too easily looking for a foul - yellow card - I know it’s in now but it’s only used in extreme cases - make it in everyone. We would lose arteta for a few games but he’ll soon learn.
The future of the game and the way it is played is shaped by the men at the top. If the rules aren’t there we can’t blame the players or the ref’s.
15 Posted 21/08/2008 at 13:32:21
I think if a player goes down injured and stays there, the ref can ask if he wants the physio. If he does, once he’s off he stays off for 5 minutes.
If he doesn’t, the game will restart and it’s up to him to get up.
Drogba would never be on the pitch!
16 Posted 21/08/2008 at 18:04:44
Don’t get me wrong, I like the suggestions cos if people don’t have these debates then how are we ever going to sort it out.
17 Posted 21/08/2008 at 18:56:46
Posters on Toffeeweb discuss all things Everton, agreeing and disagreeing, sometimes strongly.
But no-one calls anyone a fuckwit or closet RS, and no-one tells anyone to fuck off and stay away from Goodison because the club doesn’t need people like them.
Now there’s another "Respect" campaign worth supporting, and one that we can all actually do something about.
Just a thought for the future as I hit 48. What are the odds on silverware before the big 5 0 arrives. Actually no - don’t answer that one.
Best to every poster- true Blues one and all.
18 Posted 21/08/2008 at 18:46:29
19 Posted 21/08/2008 at 19:33:39
Would it not be possible for a physio to come onto the field of play whilst the game is still active to evaluate the injured players’ situation? He could then signal with a raised arm, or whatever, to the referee who would then allow the player to be assisted off the field when the ball is next out of play.
I don’t see there being a major problem in a physio coming on the field of play whilst the game is still active - or perhaps the referee could wave the physio on during an appropiate moment.
Injury time reduced and/or easier to measure, eliminates the temptation to waste time or exaggerate a tackle.
20 Posted 21/08/2008 at 22:55:42
That was said during the 66 world cup campaign and it was the first time I heard the term ?professional foul?
Alf must have had toungue in cheek when he labelled the Argies as animals.
21 Posted 22/08/2008 at 08:38:15
Win lose or draw I?m happy we haven?t got any out and out cheats like drogba in our side. That bloke is a disgrace to the sport and even gets booed by his own fans for constantly trying it on.
However, why not make it interesting. If they want to come back on then why not make them wear something as a reward for the play acting.
I reckon if drogba had to wear a pink tutu for five minutes after each ?display? he?d soon pack it in...
22 Posted 22/08/2008 at 14:46:39
23 Posted 23/08/2008 at 06:47:32
If the game was played with strict rules, what the hell would the likes of Richard Keys and the others have to gossip about. We all hear that phrase "Plenty to incidents to talk about" at half time.
Remember who really owns the game.