Is this more convincing than simulation

There is a growing tendency amongst professional footballers to try to force a penalty from referees by running straight at an opponent in the box, before touching the ball past him and bouncing off him to go to ground , knowing full well that the opponent can not possibly get out of the way.

There were two instances of this in last Sunday’s old firm match. Both situations were exactly the same but the referee correctly ruled no penalty in the first instance before wrongly awarding a spot kick after incident number two.

People who know me will vouch for the fact that I do not have any leanings towards either Celtic or Rangers and am just making unbiased observations as someone who has qualified as a referee.

I gave up any ambitions in that direction soon after qualifying in case I was reported to the authorities by an abuser who felt a bit peeved that I had given him some verbals in return which offended his sensitive nature.

There was an earlier incident in the match when Celtic had a possible penalty shout but the theory that the referee awarded the later penalty to make up for it is just a load of sepia coloured material.

As an ex referee you can be assured that officials don’t do that and such suggestions are but the ramblings of pundits and journalists seeking to either sell papers or promote debate.

Referees decisions will always be wrong to somebody but cheating players do not make their lives any easier.

A Alexander

Football daft for as long as I can remember. Lifelong Liverpool fan and Socialist. Has actually stood on the Anfield pitch. Played the game, refereed it and reported on it. Best playing time was at under 18 level and enjoyed indoor 5 aside until injury forced me out at 52.

2 Comments

  • Posted by john on April 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Agree that neither were penalties but have to disagree that the attacking players tried to con the ref. It’s just as difficult for the forward going player as it is the opposite way. My understanding was this type of ‘foul’ was usually an indirect free-kick to the attacker, which i think would have been correct in both instances.

  • Posted by A Alexander on May 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sorry John,If you deliberately run into a defender who can not get out of your way there is no foul for obstruction.
    However, if a player goes to ground without appealing for a penalty then both just get on with it.
    Believe me I played both centre forward and centre half in the army before conning came into fashion and we just got up and played on because we were not looking for anything from an accidental collision,
    Cheers Allan.