It seems that in this day & age where we are being dictated to by the "PC Brigade" men as a whole seem to shirk away from being real men! It's not only in football but it really does show up when watching a game, we can all make comparisions to players back in 60's/70's/80's and even the naughty 90's where putting the boot in and standing up to you opponents was part of the game!
I remember when I first started playing, my dad told me that even if I was injured I should never fall down as I shouldn't let my opponent know I was injured!!
A friend of mine told me that he turned up to his son's football training session a couple of weeks ago only to see the coach teaching the kids how to "dive".....if we have that sort of thing going on at grass roots level what hope is there?
Give it 10 years and it'll be a no contact sport which is a shame as most of us who have played at the lower levels tend to rely on the more physical aspects of our game to get by.....and no matter what people say everyone likes to see a bit of agro on the pitch every now & then!