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bollingtonblue Posted on 22/06/2018 10:29
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It seems to me that "professional" fouling has become the norm. Any player who is beaten either trips, blocks or pulls the shirt or shoulder to stop the opposition player getting away. Am I alone in thinking that these continual offences are breaking up the flow of the game and preventing the exciting creative players from really making the game a spectacle? The commentators even seem to praise some professional fouls as though this is what is expected.
Many of these fouls all over the pitch get punished with just a free kick and occasionally a yellow card. Maybe a few more early yellow cards would limit this type of play and stop it becoming the norm?
And why are players allowed to immediately stand in front of the ball to prevent a quick free kick without getting a yellow card? This also needs stopping.
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silktown Posted on 22/06/2018 10:45
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BB I agree with you, but I've also noticed that when players "theatrically" go down they are largely ignored by the referees and get up when they realise that play has not been stopped in their favour.This can only be a positive step to dissuade "fakers".
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macchiavelli Posted on 22/06/2018 11:51
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Agree with bb. 'The beautiful game' is gradually turning into 'the cynical game', full of petty fouls, play-acting and time-wasting.

Slowly but surely, the less talented teams, with the help of expert coaching, are getting better and better at stopping the 'flair' sides from playing.

Every time a corner is awarded, the game has to stop for 5 minutes while the ref lectures the 2 teams about the game being football and not all-in wrestling. Then when a player is blatantly thrown to the ground, a la Harry Kane, no action is taken.

Farcical!
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boomer22 Posted on 22/06/2018 12:45
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VAR will stand for very average referee judging by the standard so far exhibited by this suppose foolproof innovation.
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jefft Posted on 22/06/2018 16:25
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I'm losing interest in the World Cup because of this. It's going the way of professional wrestling - genuine talent being eclipsed by circus clowns (falling badly).
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macchiavelli Posted on 24/06/2018 09:19
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Could maybe import from the RU lineout code here.

As they obviously can't keep their hands off each other, then opponents must maintain a 1 metre gap until the ball is played from a corner/free kick.

boomer, I am sure VAR isn't foolproof, but I do believe we have had more correct decisions because of it. It stands to reason that 3 or 4 officials scrutinising controversial incidents from various different angles must have a better chance of getting it right (not 100% maybe), than the match referee who only sees them from one angle for a split second.

I think the problem is that both players and fans seem uncertain as to how and when it will be employed, and it can break up the rhythm of the game.
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jefft Posted on 25/06/2018 09:51
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We'll get used to VAR.
......And this constant arguing with the referee. A few quick yellow cards would stop that in no time. I thought Panama were a disgrace at times yesterday, especially around the penalties. Get them to Macc for a pre-season friendly. We could give them a good game......
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macchiavelli Posted on 25/06/2018 10:11
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I think the punishment should be more immediate, rather than, 'Oh well, if you get another yellow on top of this one, you'll miss one game further down the line, and they'll all be cancelled anyway, once we get to a certain stage in the competition'.

Maybe 20 mins or so in a 'sin bin' might provide a bit more of a deterrent, as the 'sinners' team would be instantly penalised?
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Littleboroughblue Posted on 25/06/2018 20:39
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What a load of garbage the World Cup is so far full of overpaid so called superstars who are fake cheats fake divers they must be so embarresed what a load of rubbish
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crazyface Posted on 26/06/2018 10:07
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Portugal v Uruguay could go on all XXXXXX night!
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macchiavelli Posted on 26/06/2018 10:14
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I think VAR has helped come up with the right decision in the vast majority of cases, but match refs have been wildly over-lenient in many of the games I have watched.
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