By Walter Broeckx
If you have read the first part a few days ago but not sure about it anymore: Part 1 can be found here
And that is where I think we might have a chance that the video ref will clean up football from its terrible behaviour of the players.
In the discussions of the elbow against the head of Bellerin I have seen lots of pundits rubbish. Even said by ex-referees. The usual bollocks about “he didn’t see him” (then he was careless and that alone is already a foul) or “it was just a coming together” (yeah that is why Bellerin hasn’t been able to practice the whole week and was up to now when I write this article uncertain to play. It does look to me that some excessive force was used by Alonso when he clattered his elbow against the head of Bellerin. Excessive force isn’t that a red card? Look it up in the laws of the game.
Anyway it is those terrible false statements that allows people to get away with murder. We have every excuse ready to say that he didn’t meant it and that in fact he is such a nice boy. No I don’t watch football to see broken legs. Of broken skulls or concussions. Or blood dripping out of head wounds. That part of football is maybe nice for some sadists but no sane person can find any good feeling from injuries and some terrible injuries.
We have to say that it is not acceptable to severely injure other players. It is a no go! And the pundits who are all ex-players who still think like players and who think: “would I elbow a player in order to score a goal even if he got a bad injury?” And the sad part is that they all would do it. But this is not football. Football is never meant to hurt and injure other people.
That is why they wrote down the laws of the game. And that is why IFAB is working on the laws of the game each and every season.
They even came out with saying that the laws have to be improved in order to make the game fairer and let teams who want to play within the laws of the game win more matches. Or get a better chance of winning them. IFAB has enough of the violence we see on the field and wants to stop it. The big problem is that pundits don’t know this. We should demand IFAB to send people to the pundits with strong elbows who can ram it down their skulls. Maybe then they will understand.
Yes the latest changes in laws have been designed to promote attacking football and help teams that want to play attacking football. It seems that it hasn’t been clearly said to the PL referees so far this season. As I have seen howlers against the new instructions from referees who really should have known better.
The video ref is also one of those tools that might clean up football. Players kicking another out of sight of the ref… if the video ref has it on film he will send him off. Think of the endless pushing and pulling at a corner…. Just imagine that the video ref tells the ref on the field to give a penalty against a defender. Do it enough and it will stop.
All the elbows that will be much better spotted by the video ref and telling it to the ref on the field who can take appropriate action. We, well certainly I, don’t come to a football match to watch fouls off the ball behind the back of the referee, pushing and shoving at corners or serious injuries from flying tackles and elbows. That is not why I come to a match.
But if players know the video ref is on their backs watching them… then maybe players will act and stop doing those stupid, dangerous and silly things. Just imagine, no more elbows, no more fouls behind the back, no more wrong goals… no more cheating from players. Or at least a decrease of the attempts of cheating.
A final thing to complete the change of behaviour should be the punishment of those diving for a penalty. I think in Scotland they are doing this as I have heard but if a player dives for a penalty we should ban him from football for a few days. Players would do all they can to stay on their feet because they will be put in shame when their diving is exposed.
So yes the FA and the PL have to clean up the PGMO-mess we are seeing most of the time. But we also must turn to the players and let them know that they need to behave on the field and play within the laws of the game.
If we can get those two things together we might see a better football in the future. And a football were the divers and cheaters don’t win matches like they mostly do now. No we will see the team that tries to play it the right way win the match without controversy surrounding it.
The philosophy that is behind our referee review is : “we want to make the correct decision” is the same as the battle that is being fought about introducing the video referee. Clean up both players, referees AND managers and who knows one day we might enjoy watching football again.
I was football crazy till I started doing the referee reviews. But since then I hardly watch any other match then Arsenal matches. For a football crazy guy like me, they (the cheaters) have managed from making a football mad person in to just an Arsenal mad person. I just can’t stand the constant cheating anymore. Maybe the video ref will help me in becoming a football fan once again in the future….
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