Time for FIFA to clamp down on the World Cup cheats

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From: Dave Croucher, Pin­fold Gar­dens, Don­caster

WHAT is hap­pen­ing to the won­der­ful game of foot­ball?

There has been so many de­lib­er­ate fouls that the game is be­ing ru­ined.

Since when has it been al­lowed for play­ers to pull play­ers back by the shoul­der or the shirt or even just wres­tle them to the ground when the ball is nowhere near them?

These fouls should be an au­to­matic yel­low card and the same for div­ing which is also wide­spread. The present style of cheat­ing needs stamp­ing out and fast, the off the field ref should be flag­ging these things up on his mon­i­tor.

The present World Cup is be­ing ru­ined, be­cause any real ball play­ers are not be­ing al­lowed to show their skills be­cause of the con­stant foul­ing.

FIFA should tell their ref­er­ees to stamp out all the foul­ing and let us see real foot­ball be­ing played.

From: Allan Davies, Heath­field Court, Grimsby

YOUR cor­re­spon­dence on three and four-day cricket over­looks a sim­ple mat­ter.

In the three-day game, we reg­u­larly saw 20 overs per hour bowled – 360 overs in three days. Now, we see only 16 overs per hour – 384 overs in four days.

Three-day games fre­quently saw more than 360 overs and one game sticks in my mind. In a York­shire v Worces­ter game in 1960, there were 375 overs bowled (75 by Johnny War­dle) and 1,175 runs scored. Kenyon and John­son both made dou­ble cen­turies.

At Test level, in the first two post-war vis­its by South Africa with sev­eral off-spin­ners like Rowan, Mann and Tay­field, the overs per hour was far sur­passed, and, in 1950, in the first visit by the West Indies, Ra­mad­hin and Valen­tine bowled into 140 overs per day.

I’d be grate­ful if some read reader would con­firm (or cor­rect) this.

From: Nick Webb, Leeds

THE re­cent Tests be­tween Eng­land and Pak­istan were both lost be­fore a ball was bowled, due to the strange de­ci­sions by the team win­ning the toss.

Why Eng­land opted to bat in the first Test with such a frag­ile bat­ting line up, in con­di­tions more suit­able for bowl­ing, and why Pak­istan opted to bat in the sec­ond, in per­fect bowl­ing con­di­tions, against a team whose bats­men’s con­fi­dence was in tat­ters, af­ter their dis­play in the first Test is be­yond me.

The name of the game is ex­ploit the weak­nesses of your op­po­nents, which nei­ther of the teams win­ning the toss did.

PS: A lot is said about the wa­ter­splash fi­nal be­tween Leeds and Wake­field Trin­ity and the changes in rugby league in the time since.

One change I have never seen men­tioned, though, is the in­tro­duc­tion of kick­ing tees, some­thing that could have made all the dif­fer­ence.

It’s a shame Don Fox is of­ten re­mem­bered for one missed kick, when he was a great rugby league player and de­served bet­ter.

JOHNNY WAR­DLE: Bowled 75 overs for York­shire in a match against Worces­ter­shire in 1960.

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