Football is such a great game to get involved with. The rules are simple, the speed is fast and passion from the players right through to the endless supporter bases is endless. This 2010 World Cup has converted many a person and I myself have gone from not bothered to borderline fanatical about the game.
One problem though, football players have absolutely no respect for authority and bring the game into disrepute through various forms of deception and play acting. It is a full on cancer that plagues the sport and seems to be becoming as big a part of the game as kicking and running. So often an entertaining flowing game is brought to a stand still by some prick acting like his leg has just been invaded by fire ants or that his knee has just been shattered by a jackhammer, when the replay clearly shows that a stray opposition lace merely brushed an advancing sock. But this is of course an old argument and we have all had a good dig about this in the past.
If you have a problem with something it only makes sense that you have a solution to pair with your argument. So here goes, TheBounce’s simple two step guide to hardening football the fuck up and making the refs take control:
- Ball stays in play unless someone is literally knocked unconscious.
A faggy footballer takes a tumble, rolls round and makes out like he is destine to a life confined to a wheel chair, and the ball then gets kicked out of play. Medical attention comes on, and within moments the prick is up and running again like nothing has happened. If the ball stays in play and the player taking the piss by faking an injury becomes a disadvantage to his team by lying on the floor, he will soon get up pretty sharpish. How often have you seen a guy stretchered off in football and he doesn’t return? Like never… If the guy is really hurt you can normally tell anyway, he isn’t rolling around!
- Referees to carry mace spray
Next time you watch a game of football, count how many times you see players and coaching staff throwing their hands up in disbelief. You will lose count before the ref breaks a sweat. These guys bitch about everything and all this bitching is primarily aimed at the man with the whistle. He takes shit all game and this then encourages these guys into running wild with the play acting and theatrics. Give the ref mace however and suddenly these guys will get on with things and jump into line in a heartbeat. Can you imagine a ref giving a guy a yellow card and when four guys surround him in protest he maces their asses, chance of there being any further protest in the game will be slimmer than the I.Q of a footballer’s wife.
Okay maybe mace is a bit strong, but player insolence towards the refs needs to be eliminated to bring integrity to the game and get these guys behaving like men. Ref awards a free kick and it is contested, simply take a leaf out of rugby’s fine book, that will be another 10 yards back against the potty mouthed player. Suddenly an innocent free kick turns into a goal scoring opportunity.
I appreciate that there is a great deal at stake in football especially with all the money in it. This pressure often weighs heavily on the refs who then get manipulated by the players. Implement these simple measures however and the power will be in the right place and the players will focus on simply playing the game, not the situations. Then football really will be the beautiful game for us all to enjoy.
Enjoy the clip below.