Monday, February 25, 2008
Media, coaches and referees are to blame for career threatening tackles
By The Coach
Managers as well as referees in the UK bear the responsibility for this horrible event. Last but not least the Media.
I just can't believe they sugar down what happened by comments such as: Taylor is not a vicious or malicious player or Wenger apologised for his initial comments, and so on.
For Christ sake what we saw on television was almost a crime. There is no other word about it.
And it is an act that is not that rare on the football pitches in England. This physical play usually takes the form of hard, vicious and dangerously sliding tackles.
They usually but not always take both the ball and player. Yet referees usually are loath to punish them as they are all considered part of the game. Yes, they are part of the English game. But not so much in those countries where they play the beautiful game.
This approach is taken advantage by a lot of teams as a means of stopping the more creative sides and elegant players from unfolding their skills on the field.
Also the so called football commentators use accepted slogans such as “football is a man’s game”, “it is shoulder to shoulder”, “good physical presence” and “use of upper body strength”.
These are just some of the clichés we hear almost every day.
Another one we hear very often, especially when they are commentating on games involving English teams abroad where there are foreign officials, is “that was never a foul”.
But this is the mentality that pervades throughout the football world in this country. It is embedded in the psyche of the nation.
Taylor executed the act (which of course he probably regrets now) but the moral instigators of this crime are football managers, referees and the media.
As long as the powers to be allow football skills to be countered with brutal force and feel that “it’s just one of those things that happen on the football field” then there will never be any hope for English football.
England will probably never be a world football power again