Great article last week, Swanny. You excelled youself.
I refereed for 27 seasons and things did get worse year on year!
I finally saw the light in a game at Ketton after sending off a visiting player for punching the ball off the line.
I was abused whilst having a pint with an old cricket friend after the game and returned to my car to find it covered in mess!
The current crop of managers and players think they lose face if they actually admit it was a penalty or their player deserved to be sent off etc.
Unfortunately the FA don’t see fit to deal with and so it gets worse and worse.
Wenger, Allardyce and Hughes in particular deserve every bum decision that goes against them
RIP football as a sport.
Wisdom from Rutland
I have to agree Swanny. It is a shame that Sunday football can (not always) degenerate into a foul-mouthed, aggressive, combative game complete with players who dive.
The sport is not helped by neanderthals who cry. It’s a man’s game so man up!
No one expects fantastic skill, but a good game a football that is enjoyable to play and watch should surely be the point and maybe the increase in such aggressiveness is why there are fewer and fewer teams playing on Sundays? Well that and the cost maybe!
Managers must take the blame for a lot of bad behaviour in professional football. They always see the bad in other teams, but never see the bad when their own players dive (Mark Hughes) issue headbutts (Arsene Wenger) or feign injury (all of them). As you say the game has gone.