Elsewhere in Europe, 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Prem talk, Those Other Leagues, and International' started by HatterDon, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Watched the German Super Cup [or something] today and was pleased to see Dortmund defeat FC Bayern 2-0.

    Dortmund did what Fulham didn't -- use their early second have dominance to score.

    I also saw something that has driven me nuts for years. Forgive me if you've seen this before and are tired of it. Midway through the first half, Dortmund was denied a penalty. In the second half, their wunderkind Jaden Sancho was OFF THE PITCH, picking up a ball that had been kicked into touch. A Bayern player left the pitch and pressed his spikes on the top of Sancho's foot. He got a yellow.

    Now, it might be easy to say that the ref favored the Reds, but I think it's something else entirely -- something we see in almost every "big" match. Referees are afraid to give a "close-call" penalty or assess a red card for fear that they will be singled out as the reason for the result. Of course, their hesitance to make the obvious call so as not to make themselves the story, often results in their hesitance affecting the result anyhow. In today's match, the not called penalty occurred at 0-0 and the NOT-red card occurred at 1-0. In the end, Dortmund won anyway, so the ref's hesitance didn't affect the result today, but this DOES happen dozens of times in league and cup matches across Europe every damn weekend.

    Hey! It's FITBA season in Europe!!!!!!
  2. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    I watched a good chunk of that one too, and I concur with your opinions on both. I was stunned when the technical area spike incident wasn't a red. I will say this: the offender wasn't super malicious with his transgression, more like a normal attempt to retrieve the ball than a stomp, but it WAS clearly intentional, flagrant and well out of bounds. But...his victim also clearly embellished the force of the spiking. I love it when a player recoils the offended appendage, much like a four legged mammal, then hops, drawing their knees or elbows in like a prima donna at The Globe, then falling like a big sack of potatoes slightly in the direction of the loss of balance their histrionics have caused. Then, having deposited themselves upon the pitch, they either a) start clutching said appendage as if a physician is about to amputate it, or b) start pounding the turf with one hand, usually multiple times in rapid succession, perhaps hoping to goad the medical attendants into breaking out an air cast or some other daunting emergency trinkets in anticipation of the direst of injuries, or c) play possum until the physios arrive and appear to comfort them enough so that it seems safe to move...JUST a little. If a player continues the match after some, or all of this "behavior," THEY should be sent off as well. I know there ain't no timeouts in this game, but faking or malingering in order to buy rest or time to regroup, change the momentum of the match, switch tactics, etc., should be judged more strictly than it is. It's gotten a little better in Europe, but it's still there, as it is in almost every other federation on the planet. Time to weed out the bad actors (and the good ones) and take such silliness out of the game.
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