It’s been two days now. The Ramsey injury has taken the spotlight away from a humiliating loss for the Chelsea Boys against the Men from Citeh. It has also taken some heat off JT and his sleazy teammates. Unfortunately, most people writing in the media have completely missed the point.
A young man has lost one year of his life and will probably never be the same again. It’s not the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last unless people sit up and take notice. No one seems to want to get to the bottom of the issue and look for a solution. How can this be ignored as something that is part of the game?! If it is a part of the game then we have to isolate the part and remove it.
This isn’t only about Ramsey and Arsenal or Shawcross and Stoke. It is about considering such serious damage to a human being as being an acceptable part of a sport! When Wenger called it unacceptable many people actually criticized Le Boss. They were concerned about the impact Arsene’s words will have on Shawcross.
On one hand, a leg snapped like a twig is acceptable, while on the other, a couple of words spoken by a man who must be distraught are unacceptable. Incredible!
There are far too many people who want to dismiss this by saying, “He isn’t that kind of a player.” How dumb can you get? To every pundit or media man who wants to say this, I would really like to ask – Who is that kind of a player, name one? I bet you can’t.
Over the years, and even in some arguments with close friends, I have seen people use completely irrelevant statements to make a mess of an important concept/principle based discussion. This one probably takes the cake.
Such a tackle being horrendous or unacceptable has nothing to do with the intention of breaking someone’s leg. Even the fact that a leg is broken or not is moot. Any tackle with the potential of breaking someone’s leg is horrendous and unacceptable.
There is another shocking argument, if the leg hadn’t been broken this wouldn’t have been a red card. Weight for weight, human bone is stronger than concrete. So the “if the leg hadn’t been broken” argument doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Any challenge that can snap two bones as if they were bread sticks is insane at best.
In the plethora of articles written in the media, I haven’t seen a single constructive suggestion that discusses ways of reducing such incidents. There are very few who actually say that this is a real problem.
Too many people have lost the point because they have focused on the specifics and have let their inherent bias take over. A perfect example of all that is wrong with the media can be seen from what Jamie Redknapp has to say in The Daily Mail,
It was clumsy, late. But was it any worse than William Gallas’s tackle on Mark Davies of Bolton a few weeks ago? No. I’ve watched it back a dozen times. If you rely on Arsene Wenger’s emotional response, then Ryan Shawcross would be hanged, drawn and quartered. If the tackle hadn’t caused the break, it would have been a yellow card.
This idiot’s response to Wenger’s comment is harsher than Wenger’s comments about Shawcross’ tackle! And what is the point of revisiting the Gallas tackle? I don’t think any sane Arsenal fan defended Gallas by saying it was a valid tackle. But it’s far to easy to complicate the issue by bringing in such diversions. Once upon a time your man made a mistake and so all that is wrong should be forgiven and forgotten!
If you really think about it, the problem is not hard to identify.
- Referee’s who allow persistent and unnecessary fouling contribute to the problem
- Pundits who promote “Hard and Aggressive” football are part of the problem
- Commentators and pundits who criticize referees when they send people off are a serious problem
- Managers who have kicking and pushing opponents at the core of their tactics are part of the problem
- Players like Shawcross, who at 22, has broken two legs and knocked other players our for weeks, are part of the problem
There is a reason a foot above the ground is considered dangerous and we have seen enough Ramsey like incidents to know it’s a very valid point. A hundred dangerous tackles cannot be condoned because they didn’t break a foot, and a tackle that breaks a foot cannot be accepted just because a hundred others didn’t break one.
I feel the English FA and the Premier League should conduct proper research into the number of serious injuries that occur in English football and those that happen in places like Italy, Spain and Germany. I believe this will provide a clear indication of how bad football in England really is. Right now it’s just my speculation and I will be happy if such a research proves me wrong, but such research will give us a complete picture and the right knowledge to take better decisions.
We cannot let the morons in the media break the legs of rationality. The problem is real and it needs a crunching tackle!