Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

even them­selves out over the course of a sea­son. But do they re­ally? There seem to be far too many in­stances of of­fi­cials judg­ing the con­text of a de­ci­sion rather than stick­ing to the rules.

So a player may be given the ben­e­fit of the doubt be­cause it’s his first tackle. Why?

Or a ref may ig­nore a book­ing be­cause it will “spoil the game”. Why?

As for the moral­ity cru­sades by man­agers – un­til they call out their own play­ers, their words are lit­tle more than hol­low at­tempts to en­gage in the thing they are con­demn­ing – games­man­ship.

It’s a good job these fel­las don’t live in glass houses. They are as guilty for cheat­ing as the player pirou­et­ting on the pitch. WHILE David Moyes got it wrong with his tug­ging of the heart­strings over div­ing, he got it dead right when he was asked about Luis Suarez’s swal­low-dive goal cel­e­bra­tion in front of the Ever­ton dug-out

“I liked it,” he told re­porters, who were no doubt ex­pect­ing a very dif­fer­ent viewpoint. “I thought it was funny.

“I prob­a­bly would have done the same my­self had we got a third goal.”

Amid the per­ma­nent soap opera that is the Premier League, it’s too of­ten for­goten that football should be fun.

FLOORED: Tor­res, Suarez and


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