Remember the Corinthians

One of the first football teams ever was the Corinthians, of London.

If a penalty was awarded against them their goalkeeper would walk to a goalpost, inviting the penalty taker to tap into an empty net.
It was their way of saying that if they do an indiscretion they’ll happily accept the loss of a goal.

The last two nights have seen English clubs fall prey to penalty decisions which were correct within the context of the current laws of the game, and sad because their impact was that they determined the result of the match. Both Chelsea and Manchester City had a man sent off for impeding an opponent’s run on goal.

Is this law obsolete?

I think it is. It encourages unscrupulous players to cheat and get opponents sent off.

Referees are only human.

They should be empowered with an ability to send who they see as the offender to a “sin bin” for 10 or 15 minutes. This would be a severe enough punishment without disrupting the balance of the match.

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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