Hold on! Back the clam­p­down

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Of Sport -

I’m re­ally en­joy­ing this ‘clam­p­down’ on hold­ing of­fences at set­pieces in the Premier League. As ex­pected it’s been far eas­ier so far to pun­ish Stoke City than to pun­ish Liver­pool. Mike Dean (above) has been try­ing to clean this area of the game up, the rest not so much. The move to stop player dis­sent is also wel­come, but the laws to cover foul-mouthed and abu­sive be­hav­iour have been in place for decades. Ref­er­ees with the courage to ap­ply the laws with­out fear or favour have been less ob­vi­ous. Too many are too starstruck to want to up­set any­one fa­mous. Ob­nox­ious Chelsea striker Diego Costa should have been sent off in each of the first two matches of the sea­son, but was in­stead al­lowed to stay on and score two win­ning goals.

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