Anyone watching the Scotland vs Georgia match last night would have witnessed gold standard levels of shithousery from the Georgians. Whether it was feigning injury to an almost laughable level, time wasting , intimidating the referee or just downright unpleasantness, they pulled out the full repertoire of behaviour that are a curse on the modern game. Well done Scott McTominey for calling it out after the game.
Although not at the same level we have similar issues here in Scotland. I attended a match last weekend in the SPL where a striker was caught in the torso by a high boot in the penalty area. He then proceeded to throw himself to the ground, writhing in agony holding his head -embarrassing. Of course the VAR check showed the offending boot was nowhere near his head and no penalty given.
Last season I saw a team defending a one goal lead almost take it in turns after defending a corner to fall over feigning a head knock giving the referee no choice but to stop the game, waste time and take away any momentum the attacking team had even though everyone watching knows they’re at it.
Surely with VAR technology it must be possible to bring in a system where acts of this nature are reviewed after the game (not during as the last thing we need is more VAR delays)and say a one /two match suspension issued?
Referees get a lot of stick (sometimes rightly so) however their job is made very difficult by the pathetic behaviour of some players.
I love football but this kind of behaviour is a real blight on the game. I’m fed up with pundits calling it ‘good game management’ and don’t get me started on being ‘entitled to go down as there was contact’ .
End of rant!