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RUFC - Should Footballers Be Gentlemen?

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?
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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Tuesday January 8 2013
Time: 10:18AM

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