I know everyone’s mind is on the The Game right now. Mine is too. But time is up to it’s usual tricks and is refusing to move along. I’m being tortured by this wait so I thought it would be worth discussing Flamini’s tackle on Corluka from Tuesday’s borefest.
Here is a video of the incident.
‘Arry didn’t mince words while talking about the challenge.
That is a red card all day. How has he not got a red card for that? It’s an absolute disgrace, they should look at that, surely, and do something about it. It’s a dangerous, dangerous tackle. He was two or three feet off the floor with two feet. It was a leg-breaking tackle.
I completely agree with that assessment. But why isn’t anyone mentioning the fact that Flamini got the ball? After years of watching the English game I have learnt that any kind of assault is justified as long as one wins the ball.
Wait, one guy did mention it. In the video, at around 0:24, you can hear the analyst, sounds like Souness, say ‘the ball’s gone nowhere.’
In this article I discussed the importance of understanding what a player is trying to achieve with a tackle. To me it is directly linked with malicious intent. As the commentary about the Flamini tackle shows there are people in the English game who understand this.
Yet the Joey Barton assault on Diaby was hailed as a fair and robust challenge. Even in that case the ball went nowhere! If Flamini was off the floor with two feet, what can one say about this?
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Aren’t Twitchy’s words applicable to this tackle just as much?
It’s a dangerous, dangerous tackle. He was two or three feet off the floor with two feet. It was a leg-breaking tackle.
Since most people are preoccupied with the upcoming battle royale this one might slip under the radar but at least we gooners have yet another example of the double standards in the English game.