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At the risk of sounding like Steve Coogans swimming pool security guard in The Day Today, last weekend in the Premier League, no-one died. This isn’t, of course, to say that there wasn’t CONTROVERSY. Every red card that is issued these days is accompanied by forensic investigation by those that would like to get said dismissal overturned and, increasingly, the same tiresome practice now occurs with every card that isn’t issued as well. Were this merely confined to the wilder extremities of the Internet they’d be easy enough to avoid, but social media and a mainstream media that frequently seems dependent upon creating CONTROVERSY where none should exist makes it all more difficult to avoid than it used to be. This, however, doesn’t mean that all is well and good within the game as things stand. English football – and in particular Premier League football, in no small part because as far as many people are concerned, this is where English football begins, middles and ends – has an image problem at the moment.
With image problems come the potential for the only thing that might persuade those at the top of the game to actually act in order to tarnish this battered reputation – a loss of revenue. The FA is fighting a losing battle to try and preserve the integrity of English football at the moment, and it seems likely that they will have to do so alone for the time being. The Premier League has, after all, been resolutely silent on the subject of the games image problems over the last few months, with Richard Scudamore only seeming to emerge from his island lair these days in order to announce a newly embiggened television contract and remind us all that this is all the proof that we need that all is right with the world.
However much of a dereliction of duty we might think this silence is, though, it’s not all bad news. It means that the FA still has an unchallenged free pass on dictating the future timbre that any debate on this subject might take. And it also means that those of us in the wilder extremities of the internet who don’t believe that every adverse refereeing decision is somewhere between a personal affront and a conspiracy levelled against our clubs by a shadowy cabal consisting of Alex Ferguson, the ghost of Bert Millichip and the Freemasons can offer very helpful suggestions which may help to wind the hysteria which hangs over modern professional football like a furious and mildly psychedelic cloud. With thanks to everybody that we, ahem, “crowd-sourced” for these suggestions – any suggestions that we ran out of ideas after number six are, umm, completely scurrilous) .
Another of life’s little problems solved. That’ll be £5,000 please, Mr Scudamore.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.
I’m not sure about the rapping but everything else must be made a reality. Imagine all those mothers running onto the pitch armed with handkerchiefs and maternal frowns.
For (3), just replace professional refs with surprise celebrity refs each week.
Imagine if Gazza, Piers Morgan, or Ozzy Osbourne were ref’ing.
It’d also encourage non-fans to watch footy.
Not sure about (9).
Back in the CCL some of the opposition players’ families behaved worse than their offspring!
All very good. How about adding the deducting of points from teams involved in ;
1) Mass confrontation of referee
2) Mass brawls with opponents
3) Abuse of officials either to media or on pitch (One way to get Warnock to belt up)
4) Players to be red carded for diving / feigning injury
5) Retrospective punishments given to teams who win games through players diving. (ie player takes a dive in the box , conns ref, wins penalty which is put away. Game finishes with said team winning, however footage is reviewed and cheating proven, reult then is reversed. Cuts out diving at a stroke.
I really am beginning to sound like my dad!!
As an FA referee tutor I confirm you are 100% correct about law 12. The problem lies with the weak FA and the Leagues.
The FA must take a stand and advise clubs in the close season that law 12 will be enforced fully from next season.It will need enormous amounts of publicity and explanations but it is the only way forward. It will probably mean some games will finish with 7 a side until players get the message.
The ancillary problem is what is seen on Match of the Day is replicated on the park pitch on a Sunday morning within two weeks so this needs to happen.
Howabout that rule from rugger where only the captain is allowed to speak to the ref? Anyone else who speaks to him can have a yellow card.