Swanny’s Fanmail: Top-class football is impossible to referee

Peterborough Telegraph's chief sports writer Alan Swann's World of Sport column - peterboroughtoday.co.uk
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I must be getting old and demented as for the second time in a month I find myself agreeing with Swanny.

I must be getting old and demented as for the second time in a month I find myself agreeing with Swanny.

According to the laws of the game any player who verbally abuses an official is removed from the field of play. Sadly, to the detriment of the game, this never occurs, there’s rarely even a caution.

The worst offenders are John Terry and his Chelsea team mates who dispute ever decision and surround the referee in an instant at every opportunity. I cannot believe that it is not carried out as a tactic as instructed by their manager.

If the laws were enforced the clubs and players would very quickly have to change their behaviour.

Snoozy

Misbehaviour, bad language and a lack of respect for authority is a society problem, not solely a problem on the football pitch.

I’m a regular spectator at junior football matches and when you have parents on the sidelines encouraging all sorts of skullduggery, it’s no wonder the children react in the way they do

David Prior

Football at the highest level is often impossible to referee.

How can a 40 year-old referee effectively judge whether or not an offence has been committed when the players move so much more quickly than he can?

Swanny, you spend too much time mocking and hammering officials when it’s the clubs and their cheating players that you should be addressing.

Adam Smith

Wayne Rooney is the biggest culprit for having a go at referees without receiving the correct punishment from starstruck officials.

Graham Jackson

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