Chimbonda’s slaps a disgruntled Nicky Butt in the face, Robbie Savage feigns injury to get Gilberto sent off and Berbatov kicks Shay Given in the legs for having the audacity to try and kick the ball out. Andy Johnson’s still thinks he can fly and his attempts always seem to be around the 18 yard box. Rocky must have thought he was back in the movies with the amount of play acting that goes on in the Premiership today.
I remember the early nineties, when there was a dispute on the pitch actual fists would come flying out more often than not. If Pascal Chimbonda was to try and slap the likes of David Batty in the face he would have been ripped to pieces before he could say “I want a transfer”.
Nowadays it is the time of pushing, slapping and rolling. It was embarrassing to watch the Chelsea Arsenal match a few weeks ago when Lehman and Drogba, two guys that if you met in a dark alley you would wish pampers made male boxer shorts, were making absoloute fools of themselves by throwing their rugby build to the floor at the slightest contact.
Paul Merson made the point at the time that their kids would be bullied tomorrow at school; well if they have learnt any thing off their fathers they will know how to get the teacher on their side and influence the situation to their advantage.
The incident with Chimbonda reminded me of quite a few occasions where football has been undermined by the comical nature of cheaters, lyers and slappers. There was the baffling incident where Leo Messi and Del Horno applied to make rolling an Olympic sport after the committee turned down their suggestion, they tried to show how competitive and entertaining the sport could be in a Champions League match.
What should we do with these players shall we single them out and impose suspensions, fines and match bans. Or is it up to the manager to tell their players to act with honour? Somehow this option would be undermined by the likes of Arsene Wenger who has not heard of the word before nor can understand the meaning and Jose Mourhino who has clearly lost his mind and the idea of him discussing this subject with Drogba makes me chuckle.
There is another suggestion that we should commend these players for giving us something to talk about each week, certainly not my view but some people could argue that the entertainment from these players and more recently their managers makes the game more interesting as a whole.
Maybe they should include WWF style fighting on the touchline if the games get a little dull, the idea of Pat Rice and Wenger attempting a double team attack on Jol then Hughton comes flying down the tunnel with a chair is about as entertaining as it can get.
Perhaps a tad too far, anyway the question I am getting at is what should be done to stop or control the amount of silly incidents that are happening each week? Or should as I suspect some of you might think keep encouraging these acts as it adds to the natural drama of football.