UK time is: 22:44:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

RUFC - Should Footballers Be Gentlemen?

Rotherham United were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend and won't be feeling good about it although probably won't be feeling as bad as Mansfield Town who lost at home to Liverpool - but maybe should have been looking forward to a replay at Anfield.

Why?

Well Liverpool's second goal from Luis Suarez was hand-balled before it went into the net which was clearly seen by not only those in the ground but by millions watching around the world live on TV. In fact, by all except the people who matter, the officials.

I suppose you have to ask the question 'was it deliberate?' Well Suarez had his arm out, was only feet from the goalkeeper and, probably the most important in this debate, he didn't celebrate scoring. Why not? More than likely because he thought the goal wasn't going to count.

The question is should Suarez have been a 'gentleman' and said, 'Hey Ref, I handled that ball, the goal shouldn't count'? Or is that the referee/linesman's job?

Years ago, in cricket, if the umpire was unsure if the player had nicked the ball that was caught he would actually go and ask the player - and, years ago, they'd have walked though I'm not certain that happens now.

So, should referee Andre Marriner have asked Suarez if he handled? Of course you could argue that a player wouldn't be asked if he'd grabbed another player`s shirt or if he'd tripped a player so why should he be asked if he'd handled the ball.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rogers didn't think it was deliberate, but then again you wouldn't expect him to say anything else would you but he also says that it isn't his strikers job to admit to using his hands whether deliberate or not.

I've also heard in the media that Suarez is being duped 'a cheat` and that his actions 'embarrassed` Liverpool FC. Going a bit too far that isn't it?

The goal put the Premiership side two-up with Mansfield scoring twenty minutes later which they probably think should have been an equalising goal - though, to be fair to the Stags, I've not heard any negative thoughts after the game.

In our own FA Cup tie on Saturday The Millers scored a penalty after Ben Herd was adjudged to have handled in the area - having seen highlights of the game I couldn't swear that was a deliberate handball either.

The question is should players admit to wrong doings? But isn't that what we pay officials for?
What do you think?
Come and tell us your thoughts on Vital Rotherham. Click the link below and join us
Join The Vital Debate






Don`t forget, you can also catch Vital Rotherham on Facebook and Twitter!

Vital Rotherham on: facebook

Vital Rotherham on: twitter




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 8 2013

Time: 10:18AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC - Reserves Beat Donny (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stats: Rotherham United v Fulham (Wednesday October 22 2014)

RUFC - Evans 'Jonson Big Player For Us' (Wednesday October 22 2014)

RUFC - Millers Boss Frustrated After Draw (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Millers And Fulham In Six Goal Thriller (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Millers v Cottagers Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Funds Available For New Players (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Evans 'Respect Is Important' (Tuesday October 21 2014)

RUFC - Head-to-Head v Fulham (Monday October 20 2014)

Archived Rotherham United Articles

List All Vital Rotherham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. rybel_b 683
2. herringthorpe 553
3. sixpence 315
4. miller4life 70
5. mos60 31
6. nearlyataff 30
7. mvmiller 19
8. Millie Miller 19
9. nogginthenog 14
10. axholme 12

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Blackburn 13 5 4 4 -1 19
12. Brentford 13 5 4 4 -1 19
13. Sheff Wed 13 4 6 3 0 18
14. Rotherham 13 4 4 5 -3 16
15. Leeds Utd 13 4 4 5 -3 16
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15

Breaking League News

LUFC Who should replace Doukara in attack?
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 21:26:00
LUFC Cellino backs defender in race row
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:50:00
LUFC Young defender wants a run in the side
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:33:00
Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Review
Brentford : 22/10/2014 20:29:00
LUFC Blackburn Rovers (a) - Ticket Information
Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you prefer evening or afternoon football
Suggested By:  
Afternoon 76%
Evenings 8%
Any 16%