Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (Winning at home is overrated anyways)
So you should.
The league needs a team that can act as the judge for other teams. Usually it's the champions of that league, but the current champions aren't even fit for that name right now, so who better than the European champions to step in?
When you had a job to show Arsenal that they weren't contenders, you couldn't get it done. But it was fine in the end. We came in and cleaned up your mess. I know City want to be the new Chelsea, but you still got a long way to go
Made my day (granted I've only been up for an hour).
The only issue with retrospective banning for diving is where do you draw the line and classify what's trying to con the referee. The Suarez one yesterday is an obvious example of what needs retrospective punishment along with the Ivanovic one vs Stoke. Sometimes though it's hard to 100% say that a player is trying to con the ref by going down without contact. Sometimes when a player is charging at you and looks like taking your legs out then sometimes it's just a natural instinct to go to ground to avoid having your legs clattered and possibly injured. The Bale one yesterday for example. I'm not condoning it but Guzan charges out at Bale full speed so you could say Bale was trying to ride the challenge but then Guzan pulled out so there was no challenge. Is that trying to con a decision out of the referee? Granted it didn't help when he did is so theatrically and slid along the ground with his hands in the air appealing. Sometimes if you see a tackle coming then it's a natural reaction to draw the contact and get a foul. That's not diving if the contact comes. The problem is when the contact doesn't come though and it ends up being a really poor dive. I just wish when it did happen that they didn't appeal so strong for it when they know there's no contact. I do agree that some form of retrospective action needs to take place to send a message to cut it out but they have to be careful who they take it against and which cases.