The worst fouls in the game

Wayne Rooney protesting after elbowing James McCarthyThere are many serious fouls in the game but arguably the worst two are the jump tackle and the flying elbow,also known as the leg breaker and jaw breaker respectively.

A broken leg is no joke and can involve a long and painful recovery process but the flying elbow can not only cause a broken jaw or fractured cheekbone but could also lead to a visit to the dentist for tooth damage or more seriously the loss of an eye. Bad as broken limbs may be you can not replace an eye. Career over.

This brings me neatly on to an incident at the weekend involving England’s overpaid and overrated pin up boy. But as big John Hartson said on match of the day2 on Sunday 28th February the judgment should be about the incident and not personalities. So let us look at the incident first and you can make up your mind about Rooney afterwards.

The trouble with these type of fouls is that the victim is usually unsuspecting and as in the incident under debate, was looking away from the assailant.

The victim, Wigan’s James McCarthy had his back to Wayne Rooney who smashed him from behind much in the same way that cowardly gunslingers shot people in the back in western movies. We all know how these men were universally despised by their fellow gunfighters.

Alex Ferguson was fly enough to avoid the press by sending out his no2 to face reporters but if the boot had been on the other foot you can safely bet that he would have been out there demanding the return of capital punishment and suggesting that the referee in question should be downgraded.

The referee does not deny that he saw the incident and considers that he properly dealt with the situation by awarding a free kick. If that is all he saw in the incident it may be time for a quick visit to SPECSAVERS.

As for the powers that be they are quite content to hide behind a convenient rule which allows them to look the other way when an England player is involved.

Now make up your mind about Rooney.

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.


  • Posted by FootballFarrago on March 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Haven’t seen what angle the ref had, might have just looked like Rooney was shrugging him off and caught him with his arm (not his elbow, there’s a big different between trying to free your arm that someone’s grabbing and throwing an elbow). Still, it was the wrong call, just sticking up for the poor ref!

    Also, one of FF’s writers has begun a column on challenging stereotypes of Scottish footy – check it out here:

  • Posted by ?apester on April 9, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Having commented on another post you made i clicked on this link. Another rant at Wayne Rooney .

    Rooney’s actions again leave a lot to be desired but they can hardly be classed in the same category as ” The worst fouls in the game”

    I take it you never seen Greame Souness play lol .

    You seem to have a “hard on” for Rooney , an ex Everton player now playing for Man Utd . I’m sure this has nothing to do with the fact your a Liverpool supporter ( didn’t Souness play for them ?) because it obvious you are totally impartial . Like me .

  • Posted by A Alexander on May 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Hi ?apester,
    Missed this comment too. You think I have a down on Rooney for his chidlike behavour but Alex Ferguson found it necessary to have a word in his ear. However, the new mature Rooney failed to live up to the manager’s tag of probable European cup winner the other night.
    I have no problem with your comments as the purpose of this site is surely to invite other opinions.

  • Posted by Janey Leff on January 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I always was interested in this topic and still am, thank you for putting up.