A Pink Card for Diving
A few days back I suggested that television reviews of instances where players dive might be a good way of reducing cheating in the sport. Another idea is now coming forward, proposed by former England captain Gary Lineker among others. The idea is to award players who dive with a pink card. Two pink cards in a match and the player would be ejected. In other words it would be the same thing as a yellow card, except it would be pink. Apparently the stigma of the color pink would be so humiliating and such an affront to a player’s masculinity that it would make players think twice before they resort to diving. Huh?
I’ve read a lot of dumb things and lord know I have written my share of idiotic ideas, but this one is almost in a class by itself. I can only imagine that after the Pink Card Solution doesn’t work – and it won’t – the next proposal will be to make all pink card recipients wear a dress and sing Britney Spears songs at halftime.
Instead of playing to stereotypes, how about simply enforcing the exisiting rules with the existing cards?
By the way, here is a nice rebuttal from our pal Bense in Dortmund who says that television replays should not be used to penalize divers.
No way in hell there should be a reviewing on dives. Maybe on disputed “near-goals”. But not on “regular” diving. How often have we’ve seen concessional decisions? Refs not awarding the undisputed penalty but right after on the disputed? Often enough.
I can name dozens of situations in which the attacking player cleverly used the sliding tackle by the defender to “dive”. What’s that? Diving? No, defender stupidity. You don’t have to go down but the defender offers you the opportunity and you do so. Call me a lark, but I’m doing this as an attacker, too. If somebody is sliding into me and I know if he’d hit me on the ground, my shin bone crumbles. I take off so he can hit me in the air. I tip the ball away out of his reach and go airborne. There are a couple of decisions in each game where you don’t need to drop or dive but you do so to avoid injuries when you have stiffened your muscles and straightened bones while going for the ball. There are also some refs that reward free kicks on nothing much else than attackers playing away the ball, waiting for the impact. And you have calls, where it is to close to call – for real. The defender slides in, hits the attacker “ruthlessly” (as described in the rulebook) but at the same time hits the ball. “He played the ball” is a very stupid fucking excuse if you broke somebodies foot.
Acting and obivious diving should be penalised, but still, where’s the matter of a video evidence? That game already slowed down enough. That’s what we love about football. The though shit wrong decisions, too. Even as a German I’m saying that, being robbed in 66 by a swiss linesmann and a russian ref that decided on goal by the desperate look on the goalies face. There will always be discussions about whether a ball crossed the line or not – even after reviewing all the replays. I’m not rooting for guys and primadonnas like Totti or other divers. But be reminded, sometimes attackers go airborne to keep themselves from being injured.
My two cents