It does make me wonder why football isn’t more like rugby: no talking back to the ref, sin bins etc.
Then again, it’s partly the infuriating inconsistencies that make it so gosh-darn interesting.
‘Footy’? Fuck off.
Was it written by a rugby fan?
Anything else? We’ve already got Kick Racism Out. Ban Twitter?
Football’s for spoilt little girls. Gwoves if it gets an ickle bit cold. Alice bands.
It’s echoing what people have been saying for years. Rugby is a ruffian’s game, played by gentlemen, and football is a gentleman’s game, played by ruffians.
Please note – I do not use the word ‘ruffian’ in everyday conversation (much).
You didn’t see Reading behaving like that when they knocked seven shades of shit out of Cardiff last week, you won’t see them do it at Wembley on Monday and you won’t see them doing it in the Premiership next season.
George, are you saying that Reading won’t get into the Premiership next season?
I’d go for a Kick El Hadji Diouf Out Of Football campaign.
Yes yes – very good. That’s not what I was saying – no.
Like the El Hadji Diouf Idea though.
The reason you have less talkback to the ref in Rugby over Girlyball is that the ref is far more important. There are more rules and they are open to a significant amount of interpretation. If the ref takes against your team you could be in serious trouble.
i think you’re more Coxless Fours than football or rugby Ben.
Or an Arsenal fan.
I didn’t say ‘footy’, and ‘gosh-darn interesting’ was supposed to be kind of jokey.
I must try harder to be understood next time.
You may be right. But I was listening to a games teacher on 5Live after the Rooney swearing kerfuffle. And he was saying that the kids he teaches become completely different in attitude when they switch from the round ball to the oval one. Are the kids arguing less with the (same) ref in rugby because of the complexity of the rules? Or because they see less arguing by senior players…?
Watched some televised Mexican football recently (not much else on…!). Aside from the usual ‘handbags’, players going down clutching their faces after being nudged in the chest etc there was an interesting thing going on with the ref.
In his pocket he had a small can of white spray paint. When there was a free kick he sprayed a circle where the ball should be placed. And walked 10 yards and sprayed a line to show where the wall should stand. Small things perhaps – but an easy step to take to remove some niggle / cheating / gamesmanship that can undermine a ref’s control of a game. Easier to implement than goal line technology…..could be brought in next week if the FA could be bothered.
I think this ad may be the equivalent of a swan dive in the box.
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