By Rich Ade-Alao
If I may answer the question in the headline, they are not acceptable. A malicious tackle is crude, classless, and an untrue reflection of the game the fans or neutral fans would wish to watch.
If real football with true talents and full passion is going to be salvaged from the imminent extinction being careless permitted by the guys running football, fans have to stand up and say something about how they should be served with what they are paying to watch.
The savage Sergio Ramos – Mo Salah tango that summarily ended the hope of Liverpool to win the 2018 Uefa CL final champions medal has re-awakened my concern again this time. I am of the opinion that this sort of malicious tackle is bringing the game to disrepute. It has always resulted in the outcome of the match being altered unfairly by the disadvantage inflicted on the team whose player had been injured.
I made this comment before some years ago, when I commented on reasons why Arsene Wenger ‘s team failed after the 2005/6 season, when the serial bone-breaking tackles inflicted on some of the players (which had put the careers of these players at risk, and actually some did not recover till date) was a major factor.
Many might be of the same opinion, so it is time to begin a campaign for a better 21st Century rule of the game that will take away these barbaric footballers from the game. Otherwise, no matter what good works a coach does will vanish away like the referee’s spot-marker spray as soon as the game starts only by a looming cruel tackle.
Perhaps, I am a naive football fan, but it would be nice to know the record and gain that Real Madrid was looking to gain, so much as to be in such desperation as to use such heinous tactic. I think Zinedine Zidane should be totally ashamed as a coach (and for his past achievements as a player too,) who has almost a breathtaking array of talented players on his hands but had to rely on unprofessional methods of amateur football to win a final that would be three in a roll.
This record is not new to Uefa competition, but I think I am right to say that Galacticos is a ruse, a artful deception.
The Arsenal cases are illustrative of my complaint. The team was riding high in the table and the performances on the field were scintillating, out of this world; from a different planet.
Eduardo Dos Santos was on a cruise control, it must have been his best ever season in his career I believe. He was on course to be better than Robin Van Persie, and the tackle inflicted on him was so bad he could never recapture his old form and had to leave the EPL in order to be able to player football again.
Then there was the of the Rosicky injury which meant that the Arsenal 2010 season ended in October or so as fear crept into the mind of the rest of the squad, so that no one was able to play with all necessary passion again. And for some seasons thereafter that is exactly how it was.
If a real football, with the flourishing of true talents and full passion, is going to be salvaged from the imminent extinction being carelessly permitted by the guys running football, fans have to say something about how they should be served with what they are paying to watch.
If fans stayed away because a coach was not performing, then fans will soon stay away from any competition that is set up to allow just anything by those who are in control, but do not take responsibility.
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- That question of negative runs: Klopp, Tottenham and who has won what
- Arsenal’s squad for next season, including home grown and under 21 status.
- Arsenal v Lens: the team, the home/away form and the strange coincidences
- Arsenal v Lens: they had a poor start but are now flying
- Where there is power, money and greed there is corruption
- Why do Tottenham players get fouled more than those of any other club?
- The media, the League and PGMO. An insidious agreement rears its ugly head