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Knock it off!

Courtesy of Gurdit

With the second leg of UEFA Champions League Semifinals coming up this week, I thought I should post something which is a huge pet peeve of mine that exists within the game of Soccer/Football.

I have a HUGE problem with players rolling around the ground as if they were shot and having a whole team chase a referee around appealing for a card when there is a foul committed against the opposing team.

Now, football/soccer is my favorite sport, so it’s difficult for me to watch matches such as Real Madrid/Barcelona match on April 27 which was marred by players feigning injuries, especially Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves,  and Pedro from Barca, and players appealing for further discipline on fouls which players from both teams were guilty.

It’s a shame when after foul by a player leads to the whole opposing team surrounding the official and trying to influence him into a decision. This was evident after Pepe‘s foul on Dani Alves in the second half. It’s impossible to know whether the official, Wolfgang Stark, was influenced by the whole Barcelona team surrounding him.

Current footballers aren’t fans of Barcelona’s actions throughout the match.  As Rio Ferdinand tweeted about Dani Alves’ reaction to Pepe’s tackle, “If you ever see me go off on a stretcher then run back on to play, I give everyone on here the green light to him me with a two-footed tackle.” In addition, oft-injured Michael Owen added his two cents, Alves’ actions won’t please many as if he had got straight up it would have been a yellow card, but Barça fans will be happy with his actions.”

As one of the broadcasters said on FX, you want to see good football being played in ‘el clasico,’ which now pits probably the two best teams in the world against one another. The last thing you want to see is these supremely skilled football players roll around on the ground and act like infants. Knock it off!

Lastly, to piggyback on the point about a whole team surrounding the official to influence the decision, FIFA is supposed to have a ‘respect’ campaign which isn’t followed anymore. Players who aren’t the on-pitch captain of their squad who surround the official should each get carded.

Please knock it off! Football is the beautiful game, keep it that way.

NOTE: Although this post makes it seem as if I am against Barcelona, this  not the case. I am not a Real Madrid fan either, in actuality I thoroughly dislike them.

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  1. May 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Agreed. Unfortunately simulation has become part and parcel of the modern game, a bad dive can possess some entertainment value though – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ioyt2zzm530

    Messi always seems to stay on his feet though (despite ample opportunities to go down). A real ambassador of the game.

    • May 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      I like the vid, a bad dive can be quite entertaining. Sadly, simulation like you said has become a part of the game and on numerous occasions has decided key matches and that’s truly a shame.

      Messi has amazing balance which helps him stay on his feet. Nonetheless, it’s hilarious to me how players the size of Ronaldo and Drogba are constantly on the ground while a player the size of Messi has the ability to stay on his feet.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Mr Jones
    May 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Viva el Barca!!

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