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  1. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    Only one person in the world thinks Neymar's theatrics at the World Cup weren't too much, and his name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
  2. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    Some fair points - a corner leads to a goal about as often as a free kick. However, I don't agree that you have to make an equal fuss about all forms of cheating. Mulling it over, these are the reasons I think diving is generally worse than some other forms: It is accusing another player of wrongdoing. Claiming a throw/corner is not lying about another professional's conduct, so in that aspect it is not so bad. It works more often. Every time the ball goes out (unless 100% clear) you get both teams appealing for it. That appeal therefore shouldn't actually sway the referee either way, and usually it doesn't. However, if players were honest, it would help the small % of times when they get it wrong. Diving is a far more successful form of cheating on the whole, and therefore more important. It breaks up the flow of the game. I think that this might actually be a major reason many fans feel more strongly about diving than other types of cheating. If you dive, you create a free kick out of nothing. This can lead to incredibly stop/start passages of play that are frustrating to watch as a neutral or trailing side. Claiming a throw/corner does not delay the game being restarted, just changes how it is. If a player dives, it has much more of an effect overall on the play, than claiming a throw/corner. It doesn't mean others are OK, just less important.
  3. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    On a similar theme - anyone who walks away holding the ball when they have given away a free kick should be carded. It's another case where referees simply have no intention of applying the rules.
  4. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    Literally nobody is saying that. Diving is still the biggest problem in my opinion, because it is the one with the greatest "reward" for the offender. A good dive might, as a topical example, lead to your team scoring the first goal of a World Cup Final. Arguing about a throw in, or someone who feigns injury, very rarely have such an impact. If everyone stopped diving the game would improve, and more focus would be given to other offences.
  5. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    No, I'd also like it if players didn't start an argument and appeal for absolutely every little throw in decision etc. However, of the two offences, diving causes the bigger problems.
  6. m_fenton

    FIFA World Cup Fan Dream Team

    Would have Pavard and Trippier in for Marcelo and Silva, plus Lukaku for Kane. Edit: And Hazard for Ronaldo.
  7. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    Absolutely they need a break - maybe extend half time by a couple of minutes? I think the principle of having the on-field referee make the decisions is important, unless it's a purely factual check like offside or the goal line.
  8. m_fenton

    The VAR Thread

    What would be your thoughts about handing out yellow cards for first half dives during half time? Not a complete solution, but to me that would at least go some way towards punishing players during the game, without disrupting the flow.
  9. m_fenton

    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    I was at uni, and a friend of mine put money on England to win 4-1 at Wembley, Frank Lampard scoring first. He got Lampard right, but Rooney made it 5-1 late on and the rest of us have never celebrated a pointless goal so hard
  10. m_fenton

    In your opinion, handball or not?

    On the first point - they ought to use different words then if they don't like the words they've chosen. The law says "deliberate", so people are going to think it means "deliberate". On the second point - they're on the FA's website under the title "IFAB Laws of the Game 2018-19" so if anything they should be too new! http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/football-11-11/law-12---fouls-and-misconduct I realise after typing this it sounds a bit arsey. Can't be bothered to reword it, but I always appreciate your input on topics like this @Mr Wallin
  11. m_fenton

    In your opinion, handball or not?

    Maybe he was 100%, but they told him there was another angle as he was walking off. He watches it, is still 100%, and gives it. I don't mind it on here or down the pub, but far too many pundits try to invent their own definite narrative around events like that, where in reality there could be any number of reasons why he looked again.
  12. m_fenton

    In your opinion, handball or not?

    Mainly, I just want to see someone throw a shinguard at the ball for some reason
  13. m_fenton

    World Cup Fantasy Football

    I'm happy enough with 3rd, always better at the tournament ones than PL. Won our work one too
  14. How the hell else could he have meant it?
  15. Looks like you watched a different tournament to me! Firstly - "However will that get us anywhere?" - It got us the 2nd furthest we've ever got. Secondly - "The one time we needed to dig in and rally, we couldnt do it." - We needed to rally against Tunisia and Colombia, and did. Thirdly - "The one time we needed positive subs to make an impact and or change of approach... we couldnt do it." - The subs made a difference against Tunisia. Personally, I think Southgate did poorly last night. However, over the tournament as a whole, fantastically. It was a system designed to get the best out of our strengths, and for the most part it worked. The subs he made weren't great, but the bigger problem was an ineffective Kane up front. It will be interesting to see what our approach is in 2020/22. I wouldn't be surprised to see the system completely changed - depending who's available at the time. 7 of our starting 11 v Iceland didn't start v Croatia, a hell of a lot can change in 2 years.