The ugly game

The amount of shoving and collapsing in writhing heaps and with little sign of being shoved and repeated remonstrations with the referee is farcical in the England versus Colombia game.



  1. Gezza

     /  July 4, 2018


  2. PDB

     /  July 4, 2018

    Yes – this morning’s game was not a great advertisement for football. The poms tend to moan about this mainly being the domain of players from countries in South America, Italy and the like but this morning some of the worst play-acting came from England (especially the diving in the box) which is no surprise considering they have the likes of Lingard, Alli, Young and Sterling who are some of the worst offenders in the Premier league.

    • Gezza

       /  July 4, 2018

      The ridiculously high number of “hollywoods” from the overgrown children in this World Cup is such a feature of the competition that 1ewes even devoted a whole news segment, with video clips of these clowns, last night.

      It’s a stupid game. It’s ok for bored little kids I suppose but I can’t understand why grown men want to play it.

      • PDB

         /  July 4, 2018

        I enjoy the premier league and if you support a particular team in it and follow them then all the better. International football tends to be pretty dour but so far this world cup has produced some excellent football overall.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  July 4, 2018

      It’s hard to compete if you don’t join in the theatrics. Makes your team look like they are the dirty ones when the other team is left writhing at every contact while you carry on.
      There’s no room for fair play at this level. You’d think the refs would be on to players like Neymar though.

  3. NOEL

     /  July 4, 2018

    Hold it! It is the “beautiful” game you’re discussing?

  4. Blazer

     /  July 4, 2018

    ‘kick it with your head…chum’.

  5. PDB

     /  July 4, 2018

  6. duperez

     /  July 4, 2018

    A journalist recently commenting on the diving and writhing called the antics cheating. The deliberate acts of trying to bullshit referees (and all and sundry) seemed to take her by surprise. Watching the game for years at all levels would have prepared her.

    Kids from their earliest years learn that you kick the ball over the sideline you immediately put your hand in the air and appeal to the ref that it’s your throw in. Clearly, even if no opposition player is within metres, they kicked it out, it’s your throw. That is just part of the game, has been since whenever and obviously not discouraged enough to see it a rarity.

    Is it cheating or just trying to con the ref? And is just trying to con the ref simply part of life and an essential skill to be learned to successfully play the game of life?

  7. Kitty Catkin

     /  July 4, 2018

    That depends upon how it’s done and in what spirit.

    I am more concerned that it still seems acceptable for men to be encouraged to take part in these dangerous games to entertain the masses. Yes, some are paid huge amounts, but the risk of head injury and other injury is unacceptable. If women were seen as expendable in this way, we’d never hear the end of it.

    It made headlines when a skater fell and injured herself, but a similar injury to a man on the playing field would be unlikely to do so.It might be on the sports news, it wouldn’t be likely to be played over and over and gone into in such detail.

    NB In my 1887 Family Herald (a bound volume of these newspapers), the editor deplores the fact that the then professional sportsmen, prizefighters, are paid such vast amounts for such a violent activity and that people pay so much to see it. Nothing changes.