Do Enough Cards Get Dished Out in the Prem?By: Rob | March 4th, 2010
So in the aftermath of that horrible injury for Aaron Ramsey, after a reckless tackle from Ryan Shawcross the talk about the physical side of the English Premier League has been on everyone’s lips a bit again.
Tomas Rosicky was talking yesterday about how Arsenal players aren’t very protected by referees, as players can lunge in and not get booked for dangerous challenges.
So it might come as a bit of a surprise, amongst all this talk, the news that the Premier League is sitting in the top three of UEFA’s Fair Play league, meaning that, assuming we stay there, we’ll be gifted an extra UEFA cup spot.
Obviously the fair play stuff is based on cards, theres no other real way to do it. But it does beg the question as to whether we have referee’s that are a bit too lenient.
Obviously in this country there is a bit of a tradition with big tackles and the so-called physical side of the game. If you’ve ever been to a game in this country, you’ll know that – goals aside – the biggest cheer of the afternoon usually goes to a player who puts in a crunching tackle on a player on the other side. Especially if its an away player who is known as a bit of a fancy-dan.
Referee’s obviously have to respect this to some degree – at least as far as the laws allow. And I don’t think they should be booking every challenge and ruining the rhythm of the game.
But referee’s are sometimes reluctant to give out cards. You only have to watch the Champions League and you’ll know that what players get away with week-in-week-out in England just isn’t tolerated on the continent.
So shouldn’t referee’s dish out more cards, and help stamp out the kind of reckless tackle that causes these accidents to happen? Sure, not every reckless, clumsy challenge results in a broken leg, but enough do. Surely defenders would think twice about “setting the tone” of the game with a brutal challenge if they knew they would be on the recieving end of a booking?