Cheats can prosper Jul 3, 2010 16:13:07 GMT
Post by merse on Jul 3, 2010 16:13:07 GMT
I think a lot of sanctimonious and naive input is appearing on this subject that is ignoring the FACT that all successful footballers (indeed most sports competitors) have an inbuilt battling mechanism that will trigger regardless of any altruistic intention surrounding them, either as an individual or a team ethic.
If one doesn't have that inbuilt "never say die" attitude one simply won't survive in a very competitive and predatory environment...................it is the law of the jungle if you like. So it's no use me imploring my son "not to cheat" ~ such an action as last night's handball on the line has nothing to do with anything pre-meditated or even cynical. An infringement of a law, not "cheating" ~ it was a reflex, a hair trigger action conveyed from the eye, to the brain, to the arm. Yes, I suppose you could try and condition the individual to mentally overcome such instinctive behaviour but in doing so you would be coaching the very competitive instinct out of someone and instilling a roll over and die mentality that would be competitive and professional suicide. You would be blunting reflex action which would be fatal for their career.
The mechanism for dealing with such an infringement of the laws of the game is there, was correctly applied last night and if it wasn't for the FACT that the Ghanaian player made such an arse of the penalty we wouldn't even have been talking about this incident. To suggest that some sort of "suffering" was inflicted on him in putting him in the terrible position of having to take that penalty is utter tosh in my opinion!