In the first 5 rounds played last year there were a total of 9 red cards for Use of offensive or insulting language. In the first 5 rounds played this year there were a total of 36 red cards for Use of offensive or insulting language.
On a few occasions this year i've heard some four lettered words let rip, yet to see a card. Admittedly it's been blokes blowing up due to mis-kicks rather than abusing their opponents or the ref but the odd warning seems to make players realise they need to remember kids watching on from the sidelines...
Not a bad thing in my opinion to see the refs cracking down - it's a sportsfield not a pub...
Post by kickingballs on Jun 2, 2011 21:11:58 GMT 10
Instead of the language i would rather see the refs crack down on the foul tackles and take the correct action. eg same player kicks opp player in the hip 3 times in 15 min and has to be helped from the field and can not return no action taken as it was an "accident" (the refs words when asked after game why no action)
to be fair, the refs i've seen have been fairly upfront about it this season, telling players at the outset, so it seems like an directive from the refs assoc. i've seen a couple of the send-offs - one in a game i played and one in a game before mine, and both were for loud outbursts aimed at other people (in one case the ref, in another at an opponent). in both games, other instances of swearing in the same games went unpunished but, i think, were dealt with fairly by the refs as they were, as stated earlier, the incidents where players were abusing themselves for their own mistakes. so the refs i've seen applying the laws seem to be applying a reasonable amount of common sense as well.
Everyone seems to think the increase (4 times) is due to referees cracking down on foul language and not players using it more often... It will be interesting to see the stats for later in the season and if players have got the hint and the "crack down" is actually working.
i guess others aren't thinking along the same lines, but i would take 'foul or abusive language' to be referring more to the circumstances than the actual words. i don't see any inconsistency in a player being sent off for telling the ref 'you're a f***ing joke' and letting another player in the same game stay for saying the same word at himself after making a mistake. it's just the same as something like handball - in the middle of the park, a quick free kick; on your own goal line a penalty and a send-off. same actual offence, but the context decides the severity of the punishment.
is there a fifa, or even gdsfa/gdsra, directive on what specifically counts as 'foul or abusive language'?