Mar 062010
 

Reading the newspapers, listening to Five Live, and watching Arseblogger get more and more irate by the Soccer Saturday coverage of the Ramsey incident, it strikes me that the written and spoken press are completely missing the crux of the issue.

  • Shawcross did not mean to break Ramsey’s leg, but that is not the point. 
  • Gallas put in a poor challenge on Davies, Vieira and Lauren used to put in hard challenges, and Arsenal are no angels, but that is not the point.
  • Wenger was emotional after the game, but that is not the point.
  • Shawcross cried, but that is not the point.
  • The Stoke fans contained some of the absolute lowest of the low, but that is not the point.
  • Ramsey was quick, but that is not the point.
  • Shawcross has injured before, has broken legs before, but that is not the point.
  • Ramsey has suffered a dreadful setback, and while that deserves more of the focus than any of the above, it is in some ways, also not the point.

No, the point is that we have cultivated a culture in English football in which weaker sides can do more than harry and press, they can close the gap using methods other than the legal approach of working harder, being better organised and coming off the pitch exhausted.

In addition to all of that, it has become accepted to put in sly tackles, flail elbows, and deliberately foul to put your superior opponent off the game. It is even accepted to come out before the match and declare this as your intention. Instead of applauding the workrate of the strugglers, the pundits snigger at the late challenges, the full blooded swipes, irrespective of the danger they cause.

No other country allows this to happen. Wild tackles are punished no matter what the consequences, but they only come into focus here if they result in a serious injury. Even then, they are defended – how else can the smaller team compete, they ask? The answer is simple – by playing football better than us. The clue’s in the name of the game, you morons.

I get it, you get it, the blogs linked to the right get it. So why do 90% of those paid to analyse the game miss what is the real story here?

  11 Responses to “Final word on the Ramsey incident – the press are missing the point”

  1. that is the point. well said.

  2. Well said.

  3. Exactly. It’s been so frustrating hearing people talk about intent.

    I think the big problem is that so many of theese ex-players and writers wouldn’t have it any other way. They like the rougher tackles and they like the risks involved. When they chase our players out of England they will like that too.

  4. ” So why do 90% of those paid to analyse the game miss what is the real story here?”

    because they are paid to give the general morons of the public an opinion, the fools (and there are many in britian) who get their minds conditioned on many matters and not just on football. if these bought and paid for pundits go against the party line then they are cut off. no more money. the bbc and sky have an agenda, they have blood and broken bones on their hands and there is nothing we can do about it. welcome to the fucked up world of 2010.

  5. The problem here is that the FA is taking a populist and political position by going with the media crowd instead of ensuring its refs go by the rules. it’s as clear as day that arsenal are being victimised by the media, while the FA turns a blind eye. How else do you explain the fact that while during the vieira era the manager was constantly reminded of his responsibilities as red cards mounted, he has rectified that side of arsenal’s game, now he is being condemned for developing a team of ‘softies?’ OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

  6. What’s also the point is that you cannot even question the culture of the game. People who like the rough and spirited nature of the game should be calling for ways to perpetuate it without destroying careers. They are not.

    Two nits, however: 1. Shawcross being a serial injurer is definitely a serious point by itself. His unchanging recklessness is a danger to the game. Arsenal are going to lose a lot of money from his negligence and indifference, or should I say the negligence of his club for not taking steps to curb his worst qualities.

    Number 2. Wenger was not emotional — he had every right to be, and he was not. What he was was scornful of the reaction which was predictable and which happened.

  7. Well put mate! The stuff that has been said about that tackle by that bunch of cunts really has put me off the game that I love.

  8. GOOD WILL ALWAYS SHINE IN THE END…
    JUST A SHAME THAT PEOPLE LIKE RAMSEY MUST BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SICK MONEY WAR (IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY)(ALWAYS).

    I LOVE FOOTBALL & PEOPLE I KNOW LOVE FOOTBALL AND ALL MY FRIENDS EVEN THEM OF THE MAN U SCUM LOVE THE WAY ARSENAL PLAY.

    (THE RIGHT WAY)

    THEY WILL ALL SOON BE WORRIED WHEN WE WIN THE LEAGUE, EVEN MORE SO IF WE WON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

    I LOVE ALL MY REAL ARSENAL FAMILY, STAY STRONG, STAY TOGETHER.

    VERY GOOD POST!!!!!!

  9. Well said mate.

    Further to your point about bad tackles that Gallas, Vieira & Lauren used to put in, can you tell me how many legs were broken as a result of their challenges?

    My point exactly. Whilst Shawcross did not have any intent to injure, the point is he did. The difference between a hard tackle that Vieira used to make & the tackle that Shawcross made wasn’t the commitment, or the intent, but the execution.

    I’m not asking for Shawcross’s testicles on a plate, merely that he looks at how he executes tackles to ensure that in future his obvious commitment & passion is rewarded with a clean ball-winning tackle, not a dirty career-threatening one.

  10. another point to consider is that because of the emphasise on the physical over the technical England invariably lose out in the finals of major tournaments.

  11. good point and well put. shawcross is an incompetent twat – the fact he has a sniff of the england squad tells you all you need to know about our chances in SA

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