I hate to jump on the bandwagon in the National Press but the tackle by Shaun Derry on Cabaye meant we became part of it (although the disgraceful Ray Wilkins on Sky apparently said that Cabaye was feigning injury and expected him to return to the pitch despite being carried off, oh yes and apparently it was ok because Cabaye had made a bad tackle a few weeks ago,tit).
For a few years now I have bleated on about retrospective punishment for diving, to this I would now add tackles that do or may result in career threatening injuries. The serial offenders need to be rooted out the game; we can name 2 straight away, Karl Henry and Lee Cattermole, though Shaun Derry is another one who is so slow that he has to embark on assault (having Mark Hughes as his manager must be a godsend).
On the Monday after games, the career threatening tackles should be looked at by a panel and retrospective punishment handed out. The straight legged one or two footed tackle with momentum at ankle level, or above, is the worst offender and must be targeted by those in the know.
First offence an automatic one match ban, second a two match ban etc:
With the pace of the game these type of tackles must be ‘stamped’ out, it is nearly impossible to be sure as a referee on the pitch but pretty clear after the game with TV replays.
I have always argued against stopping the game for TV replays but it is about time the authorities rooted out just one of the evils of the game.
In his other life, Jonnie runs a walking and guiding company in the north of England. Visit his excellent website at Where2walk to find out more