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The dirty side of football

Monday, October 4, 2010

We all love the beautiful game. We all looking forward to watching our favourite team in action, and hopefully, winning. However, its not all beautiful. There are some things in the game we love that are truly ugly.

I'll give you an example. This weekend Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa broke his leg in two places after a rough challenge from Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong. Now, if you look at the challenge, you can see he went for the ball, but challenges like these are happening all to often, leaving players on the sidelines for months.

Its horrible to see a player suffer such a serious injury. We have already seen it with Ben Arfa and Antonio Valencia this year, not to mention Aaron Ramsey last year. It's not a nice site. Its the players who are causing these injuries that concern me. I have no doubt Ryan Shawcross had no intention to hurt Aaron Ramsey, and I highly doubt De Jong ment to break Ben Arfa's leg. However, look back to the World Cup final, where De Jong basically drop kicked Xavi Alonso, a challenge that could have hurt, even killed, the gifted Spanish midfielder.

There are far two many videos on Youtube showing horrific leg breaks in football. Some of them make me sick to my stomach. A red card is not justice for causing this type of injury. Some players may play the ball, but they play the man as well and they should face far more serious consequences.

Don't get me wrong, I love the physical side of the game, but somewhere a link has to be drawn between physical and malicious.

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