I watched the Chelsea Man U game on Sunday and as a neutral believe that Chelsea were robbed as the winning goal should have been disallowed for a clear offside.
Another injustice was the red card given to Torres for alleged simulation, or to give it it’s popular name, diving.
As a player who could sprint the length of a public park pitch in eleven seconds with his boots on, I can assure you that it only needs the slightest touch to send you flying when you are moving at pace. And when I say boots I mean the solid leather ones which were in fashion in my day as opposed to the lightweight flexible footwear that can be enjoyed today.
Goals from free kicks then depended on power as there was no way you could bend the solid leather ball as they can do with the items played with today.
To return to the subject of fouls, it is misleading for the fans, in particular the really biased ones,who will defend their own players actions whether right or wrong, when they hear commentators and pundits coming away with expressions like, “that was a soft free kick, or he went down too easily”.
This takes me back to the Torres incident and the fact that a player travelling at pace only needs the slightest touch to be sent flying. From personal experience I kissed the ground more often than a certain famous churchman does on his visits abroad.
What made me smile was Alex Ferguson’s comment about not having any sympathy for Torres, adding that if he had been in a similar situation he would have got up and went on to score.
Sorry Fergie I reported on matches when you were playing and you were neither fast enough to go down with the slightest touch or accurate enough to be sure of scoring a goal.
To complete the fouls scenario, a foul is a foul and if the ref is on the ball he will give a free kick for any infringement of the rules, a yellow card for a more serious offence and that includes persistent infringements, with the red card reserved for those offences which are beyond just a booking.
Pundits and commentators serve only to present a misleading picture to the viewing public by their comments about players going down too easily or pretending to be hurt.
To be fair there are players who will try to con the ref but not as often as the pundits suggest. Perhaps there is something in the fact that the majority of pundits are ex defenders trying to justify what they got away with in the past.