New ideas... surely hockey deserves credit?
YOU’D think Jurgen Klopp would be a little more openminded, but he pretty much trashed Marco van Basten’s ideas for improving football.
Maybe Sam Quek could have a word with the Liverpool manager – after all, she’s a presenter on LFCTV – and point out that Van Basten’s ideas are actually nothing new … if you play hockey.
Former Germany coach Marcus Weise could also give Klopp a call – for the triple gold medal winning hockey supremo works for the national football academy in his home country.
To be fair to Klopp, he really just suggested van Basten should “invent another game” and should have had the decency to acknowledge where his ideas might have come from.
However, it does seem that football may be lagging a bit behind the times when its most innovative change in 100 years has been the introduction of squirty stuff with which the referees mark the position of the ball and wall at a free-kick.
Goal-line technology finally got the nod, only about 50 years after it first became an issue when Geoff Hurst’s World Cup final strike rebounded off the underside of bar in 1966.
Van Basten, the former Dutch star, is FIFA’s technical director and suggested eight rule changes, four of which will be familiar to hockey players.
Get rid of offside – Hockey did this in the mid-1990’s. Fears that it would lead to goal-hanging have not come to fruition, however as long as Sam Allardyce is a football manager it’s probably a valid concern.
Get rid of penalty shootouts and replace them with an eight-second shuffle– Chris Waddle and Gareth Southgate, World Cup and Euro spot-kick
failures, would surely agree.
Introduce orange cards and sinbins for temporary
suspensions – Isn’t it about time that a player who commits an offence gets penalised in that match and not against different opponents on another day? Get rid of extra time and
go straight to shoot-outs– That change is most likely demanded by TV stations as viewing figures for live games have reportedly dropped in favour of highlights and goal-snaps.
Van Basten also proposed that players should be involved in fewer matches each season, children’s games should be reduced to eight-a-side, the clock should stop every time the ball goes out in the last 10 minutes and only captains should be allowed to speak to the referee.
These would go some way towards tackling the blights of football – time-wasting and unsightly arguing with officials.
Van Basten didn’t mention introducing the self-pass rule but he has been dismissed in most football quarters.
And the vitriol wasn’t just confined to the Premier League. Rennes boss Christian Gourcuff was the most damning as he called the proposals “immeasurable bull****”.