Date:Thursday October 3 2013
Since the now infamous Torres incident with Vertonghen everyone appears to have a passionate opinion on the subject. Varying from the understandable; believing the FA are employing their usual cowardice and dodging the issue, the somewhat bias believing that if this was Luis Suarez a massive 10 match bad would have been slapped on him, to the simply deluded thinking that Jan had been diving all game trying to get Torres sent off and it is he who should be banned.
Now, I understand that controversy is what sells papers and keeps us clicking, but the FA's inept ability to come up with any definitive solution to controversial decisions and retrospective punishment is just painful. Obviously every case is different, Torres losing his cool is hardly the same as Suarez's totally unprovoked attempt to help himself to a helping of Ivanovic's arm, but how one incident can have such a lengthy ban and the other none at all is totally beyond me.
As it stands currently retrospective action can only be taken if the officials do not see the incident. Understandable in one sense as that means the referees integrity is not undermined, but contrary to popular belief referees are also human, and it's inevitable that mistakes will be made. It also creates a totally absurd situation where fans and managers alike cry out 'double standards' and rightfully so. A nation of football lovers see situations such as this as a farce yet nothing continues to be done about it.
What I imagine grates most people though is if you think about it, surely it's not that a difficult problem to solve? My belief (though not saying it's the correct one!) is a missed incident that occurs within the spirit of the game i.e a yellow or red card incident, should be left to the referee. But if a serious breach of the rules occurs - an extremely dangerous tackle (Suarez karate kicking Parker in the balls or any one of the horrendous slide tackles for example), violent conduct, or an act of racism then the punishment should fit the crime - whether the referee saw it or not.
We'd still have the missed handballs, sneaky shirt tugs, and cheeky slaps to talk about, but the really serious stuff that deserves to be looked at once the game is over will be. Is it just me or is that not just common sense? It's a debate that won't, and shouldn't go away, with many perfectly valid arguments on what should be done about it. Where would you draw the line for example? As soon as punishment relating to violent conduct is resolved we'll all move on to points gained from diving. Who knows, maybe football of the future will be referee's glued to a T.V, and a sunglass wearing, cigar toking Schwarzenegger on pitch to keep the peace.
Written by oi.you.there
Date:Thursday October 3 2013
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