Too many players do too much acting on the football pitch these days, and as soon as they are touched, they leave the ground in a sensational dive – do they practice this stuff in training? – and that makes it very difficult to for referees to manage the games.
If you watch some of the games from the 1960s as an example, the players are tackled, they fall down and get up immediately and play on – what a concept – but that no longer happens in football unfortunately, and it’s become too much like the theater with too much acting going on.
Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson pushing each other
And Alan Pardew is complaining of the acting of Norwich City center-back Bradley Johnson, for the two red cards referee Chris Foy dished out to Loic Remy and Johnson late in the game at Carrow Road last night.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“There was a bit of pushing and shoving,” “The players have come together, and there is probably just enough for the referee to send them off.”
“But Johnson’s reaction to the heads meeting, in terms that he got a head-butt when he did not, was the catalyst for them both to get sent off.”
“It was his own fault, and if he had not done that, maybe the referee would have taken a more lenient view, but he made such a drama out of it. He should be ashamed of himself really.”
“We won’t appeal because I think there was enough for Chris Foy there. Once Johnson had done that stupid reaction and the crowd went mad, referee Foy had no choice really.”
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said the two red cards were very soft, but Newcastle will not appeal the sending off of Loic Remy – so he will now miss the next three games – including the crucial game against Sunderland on Saturday – a game we simply cannot lose.
Maybe a chance on Saturday for Luuk de Jong to get his career off to a good start on Tyneside?
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