Football is Becoming a Non-Contact Sport

Imagine a football match where there is no arguing with the referee. No deliberate fouling, no diving, no feigning injury, no time wasting. A match where the players play like grown ups, not cry babies and cheats. In top flight football, it is rare that you see a good, strong tackle go unpunished. This is mainly due to the reaction of the player on the receiving end. Players in the modern day era go down like a sack of spuds. It is embarrassing to watch a player roll around on the floor pretending to be hurt.

The over reaction can sometimes get the opposition player sent off. What is actually worse, a good hard slide tackle is a dying art. Football is a physical game, but to me it is quickly becoming a non-contact sport. Players should be punished for diving and over reacting, it is the only way players will learn. Many pundits have suggested that bans should be handed out to prevent it from happening in the future. I agree, bans or fines should be handed out to those responsible. Play acting should have no place in the game, it needs to be stamped out immediately.

 In modern day football it is refreshing to see a referee telling a player to get up after a clean but hard challenge.  Referee’s have a tough job, it is increasingly difficult to tell when a player is actually hurt or trying to gain an advantage for their team. Diving has plagued the game since time unknown, but it is getting worse by the day. This begs a question of referees’ abilities to separate fouls from dives and whether such actions call for stricter punishments. On a few occasions, genuine penalty claims are ignored and the victim is shown a yellow.

Diving calls for some stringent actions: be it post-match or during. Bans, fines, points deductions seem to be some of the negative reinforcement techniques that spring to mind. It is seriously disheartening to see some players you admire make the list. No one is questioning the sheer ability of such greats, but it does pose a question about passion towards football, the coaching staff involved and the management.

If we are not careful the beautiful game will soon be a non-contact sport. I do wonder whether the players responsible are embarrassed by their actions, I would be if it was me. When I played for various teams growing up, if you dived you would be dragged up by your collar. I just find it very uncomfortable to watch a grown man roll around after the slightest touch.

The over reaction can sometimes get the opposition player unfairly sent off. What is actually worse, a good hard slide tackle is a dying art.  Football is a physical game, but to me it is quickly becoming a non-contact sport. Players should be punished for diving and over reacting, it is the only way that players will learn.  Many pundits have suggested that bans should be handed out to prevent it from happening in the future. I agree, bans or fines should be handed out to those responsible. Play acting should have no place in the game, it needs to be stamped out immediately.

Hopefully in the near future, referee’s will become wise to those responsible and we start to see some physicality back in the game. For now though, we will just have to grin and bear it.