A Ten Point Plan To Bring The Respect Back To Football (Probably)


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.

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6 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    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.

  2. Dave says:

    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.

  3. Nathan says:

    Not sure about (9).

    Back in the CCL some of the opposition players’ families behaved worse than their offspring!

  4. Ian says:

    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!!

  5. Eric Golding says:

    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.

  6. Van says:

    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.

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