Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: PUT A STOP TO LUNGING CRAZE; THE SHISTLE BLOWER Bosses Should Be Bold

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: PUT A STOP TO LUNGING CRAZE; THE SHISTLE BLOWER Bosses Should Be Bold

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Byline: JEFF WINTER

BORO could probably do with 12 men on the pitch against Arsenal on Sunday.

The last thing I would want to see is them going down to ten men - as a result of a Boro player committing one of these now popular two-footed lunges.

I for one wouldn't be applauding him as he leaves the field.

Now I don't for one minute think that one of our players will do that, but, be warned the referees will be getting hammered from above to rid the game of its latest scourge.

And rightly so, in my opinion.

We will see an overreaction from the officials, as we did last Sunday with Robbie Keane, but if that is what it takes, then so be it.

I was always proud of the fact that I usually managed to keep the book in my pocket when controlling top flight games, but if I was around now it would be a red card a week, and while a few games might be spoiled then so be it.

I have mentioned before in this column that behaviour or should it be misbehaviour tends to go in phases. We have one spell after another where a type of misconduct seems to be flavour of the month, then just as that recedes another takes over.

This latest form is as bad as any there has ever been. Yes the deliberate trip from behind, the holding, diving, the tackle from behind were all unsavoury, but this latest craze is possibly the most damaging one yet.

When a player's feet leave the ground as he makes a kamikaze two-footed lunge, he has lost all control of his body - you can't stop in mid-air.

It's then a matter of what happens next. If you play the ball and nothing else, it's still a booking, believe it or not.

If you play ball then man or just the opponent, both of these are red card offences.

Of late, fortunately, players have seen it coming and have managed to take evasive action, so though a player is going to have his leg or legs broken, knowing our luck this season it will be a Boro player.

The spineless authorities hide behind the fact that if a referee cautions a player, they can take no further action on the grounds that the referee has spotted the offence and dealt with it as he sees fit.

But every week they sit and watch the captain of England harass referees and sometimes nearly throttle an opponent. …

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