Managers Call For Cheating Players To Be Punished
The LMA (League Managers’ Association) European Managers and Coaches Survey 2012 has found that a massive 72% of managers feel there should be greater punishment for offences and unsporting behaviour, that occurs during a match, but are only identified afterwards.
Showing they are in tune with almost every supporter, it sounds like managers are just as sick as us at the cheats inside football.
Referees aren’t going to get every decision right but there is nothing worse than seeing your team get beat and then going home to see somebody like Torres or Suarez has absolutely conned the referee. Then to rub salt in the wound, as well as stealing the points they don’t even get punished retrospectively, except in very rare instances.
The survey was issued to the LMA membership plus a select group of managers and coaches across Europe and 110 of them responded.
Interestingly a decent majority (62%) also supported the idea of video technology and not just for goal line decisions – an acknowledgement that it is impossible for referees to see everything from the correct angle or distance, plus the problems already identified above when it comes to the problem of cheats.
As for how video evidence might be used, a very similar percentage (63%) thought that football should consider using a decision referral system similar to what happens in the likes of tennis and cricket.
With the English Premier League becoming ever more popular and ever increasing amounts of money at stake, it is hard to argue against video technology being brought in to help get decisions right.
While as for punishing the cheats, surely that should be a no-brainer.
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