Apart from all the ins and outs of the game last night, the fact remains it was a completely rubbish game of football. The game is nearly fatally flawed now in it’s conception. Nearly every coming together of players was a foul, and for the life of me I couldn’t see why some things were given as fouls, and nearly everything else wasn’t.
The whole talk of getting in their faces, and all this O Sé talk of not being bullied etc. is making the game as ugly as sin. Their needs to be a game with 10 sendings off to get things back in control. And all this talk of the ref being the ‘centre of attention’ (as if he wants to be) needs to stop. If there are 1000 fouls in a game, the ref needs to blow for a 1000 fouls and let the players take the consequence, not him.
There is no tackle in the game at all. I know we are told when we see a perfect Jonny Cooper style dispossession, that ‘look, there is the tackle in football’, and that is fine, if that is the legal tackle, then blow up everything else.
Commentators and pundits drive this too with their ignorance, like the commentator last night calling for a black card for Kilkenny when it blatantly wasn’t. Also when obvious foul play goes unremarked on, when it is sometimes shown a second and a third time, there is no chance of educating the public.