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It is the inconsistencies which exasperate players, managers and supporters alike, and really it is relatively simple to establish consistency. Tackles are sometimes going to be mistimed so a degree of judgement is required by the referee, but just as it is a sending off offence to raise your hands to an opposing player so should grabbing the shirt or encircling him with the arms be an automatic booking if not an automatic red card, no ifs or buts. Its time too that referees book players who tries to get an opposing player booked by waving an imaginary card or some similar gesture.
There is a difference between a mistimed tackle, an over enthusiastic tackle, a high foot when challenging for a ball, even a push when going up to head a ball with an opponent and deliberate cheating such as a trip, a dive or a tug on the shirt. Players know the difference and should be penalised proportionately.
Although it does not help in game. Maybe TV replays could be used after the game should cheating be missed in Game ie Stevie Gerrards dive on the weekend. No penalty but he went tumbling. Bookings after the game for naughty behaviour!
- 1 Reply to Boro Doug
I'm in agree ment with this, if cards can be taken away after the event, why also not given as you elude too.
It may make players think twice, clubs should also be forced to stop wges for periods they are banned for cheating and the money given back to he fee paying public were all the over exagerated salaries are coming from in the first place..!