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Winning a Penalty has now Become a Game Seperate from Football Altogether

5 February 2012 by

By the time Danny Welbeck went down in the box, Branislav Ivanovic had well and truly pulled out of his challenge. You could see by the extremley awkward stance and tangle of legs as the Serbian attempted to manouver his body into a twister position simply not possible. Welbeck then planted his foot in front of Ivanovic’s and then tumbled down like a train had just driven into his back.

Now that may be looking at it from a Chelsea perspective, however there was very minimal contact, certainly not enough to bring him down. Maybe not as blatant a dive as ones we’ve seen but still simulation none the less.

The first penalty was a less common method of getting a undeserved spot kick, but more effective. Patrice Evra is aware of Daniel Sturridge’s challenge coming in, he puts his foot in between Sturridge and the ball at the last minute, the striker goes in and Evra crumbles. Was a very soft penalty. What otherwise would have been a very good challenge, has been turned into a goal by some very cheap play.

Chelsea may not have played better football but deserved to win the game, and we very hard done by. At 3-0, and Evra’s claim correctly turned down, United don’t really have a great chance of getting back in the game. But instead they get an underserved penalty, the morale gets a boost, and they carve their way back into the game.

We saw a similar situation to the Evra/Sturridge one in the Manchester City v Fulham game. Adam Johnson stuck his leg in front of Chris Baird’s attempted tackle and went for a dive roll. The penalty was given.

It all highlights the fact the good penalty winners can win football games over the good footballers. However it’s becoming an increasing problem. Although refeeres can pick up some simulation in game, it is more easy to highlight a dive after a match. Things like heat sensors, like the things they use in cricket, can determine a levels of contact. And i would say a one game ban or fine would be appropriate for a dive because of the huge impact they can have on a game.

This could fix a lot of issues as it would also cause, if it was a ban, managers to clamp down on players and make them hesitate to go down.

Would this work or not? Comment in the comment section below, or tell me what you think on twitter @Mattrfootball.

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12 Comments »

  • Williams Nutsugah

    Wait a minute. Is it a must that it should always be Haward Webb with controversial penelties, when it comes to Man utd? He’s been using this tactice over and over over again, yet it seems like the whole FA and other clubs have been placed under a spell never to complain or protest. What’s going on? And when he is officiating, the entire Man-U squad down to the technical staff always have the gut, temerity and confidence to challenge whatever decision he might have made against them. Maybe, the FA in association with UEFA and other leagues should consider using external match offìcials for high-tension games such as this one.
    I don’t even know the last time there was a penalty between BarÇa and Real Madrid. Pls, Officials are killing the fairness in the game…

  • Jumping Jesus

    I am a United fan. Leaving aside today’s penalty claims (because Chelsea have had their fair share of dodgy penalty awards against us), I agree entirely. Penalty diving is ruining the game. Pundits don’t make things any better because they constantly talk of strikers being ‘entitled’ to go down. Players should only go down if they can’t help it. It is always easier to fall over than to craft a goal. I think replays should be brought in and divers should be acted against. Divers are ruining the game

  • Seyi tony

    English futball will continue 2 loose it’s value in d futball world if dis kind of officiating continue.When i saw d combination of COWARD webb nd phil dowd(4th official),i was telling my fellow supporters 2 4get d match coz i believe both of them are simpletons.Immagine a gud team scoring 4 penalties in its last 5 goals,how could u call dat a team(a great one at dat),i believe d nigerian league will soon come b4 d english league in d world.GREAT COUNTRY,BAD LEAGUE,BAD OFFICIALS,BAD FAs

  • Dayo Adekanye

    It's more English Premier League(EPL);what we are now witnessing is Manchester United Premier League(MUPL).Over d years, they have had penalties more dan all the other clubs, I stopped criticising them after watching them play about 10mins of extra time against city some years back, simply put, when will a referee that is not a self confessed man Utd fan officate their important games? the FA shld answer.

  • Howard ManU for life

    Why should it be Webb every time ManU is playing a definnig games? Against Liverpool, he won the game for ManU by sending Gerard off. Why not Mike Dean today?

  • harr

    fergi is still saying it would have been 5 penalty,did he even watch d game?cahill tackle on welbeck was outside d box.he mentioned how chelsea had been favoured last,and forget how the ref gave man u two offside goal.i think he is blind.

  • robinbarlow20

    Now, I can believe Chelsea supporters on Twitter not mentioning the 2 penalties that should’ve been given in the first half (And the Gary Cahill red card to go with that), but to write an article and ignore that is taking it a little bit far…

  • Matt Rowan (author)

    What are the two moments your refering to? The Cahill challenge was well outside, the fact that whoever it was tripped over him quite a while after he actually made the challenge isn’t a foul.

  • thelinesman

    I can’t agree more that poor officials are ruining football. Top officials are running out, and we are seeing Mike Dean and Howard Webb taking the control over big matches, more or less ruined it.

    Manutd seems to have always got the advantages in referees’ decision, but nobody really mentioned about Arsenal and Chelsea also getting benefits from the referees from time to time, especially when they punished the smaller teams on that.

    Everyone knows the rules and there are honest strikers who are more inclined to stay on their feet despite obvious tackles. But if you are a defender, and you know making contacts in the box will only put you on the back feet, why would you do so? Is tackling the only way of stopping the strikers? Cahill’s tackle was outside the box, but he did obstruct Welbeck for a goal-scoring opportunity. It has to be at least a yellow card. I feel for Sturridge and Ivanovic for these soft penalties, but I do think tangling can be avoided if they make it a bit more sensible.

  • robinbarlow20

    The second first-half penalty that should’ve been given was the pull on Ashley Young. Above I’m seeing that Uniited always get the advantage, you’re so wrong. Chelsea literally always get them, arguably including yesterday’s games.

  • Dr Yates

    One of the best articles i have read. When watching the game i felt exactly the same, its like players practice how to win a penalty. It is wrong and ruining the game.

  • scotthennell

    Im a Liverpool fan, and for me the 1st penalty is a fair enough one to give but I agree about the 2nd one not being a penalty. Unfortunately this is a common theme in today’s game from all teams players. The stakes in the game are so high these days, players careers and managers jobs can be determined on such small detail that players will do anything to gain an advantage for their team.

    However watching a lot of Spanish and Italian football also these leagues are just as bad and also worse, the el classico matches are a disgrace to watch for all the play acting. We just have to accept it is a part of the game these days, and it will create talking points all the time. If our game was so perfect and nothing wrong, then we would have nothing to moan about haha

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