Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Coaches defend shirt-tuggers
by Mike Woitalla, November 5th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[EPL REF WATCH] Seeing as it is virtually impossible to accidentally tug an opponent's shirt, one would think it perfectly justifiable for referees to punish severely this insidious habit, yet a couple of English Premier League coaches have slammed a ref for calling the obvious infraction.

In last Saturday's 2-2 West Brom-Blackburn tie, rival coaches Tony Mowbray and Paul Ince disagreed with referee Mike Jones' penalty-kick call on Ryan Donk for yanking on Jason Roberts' jersey. They claim that since he wasn't near the goal, the ref should have ignored it (and the rulebook).

"It bewildered me," said West Brom boss Mowbray, who claimed that if referees blew for every tugged shirt teams would wind up seven vs. seven on the field.

 

Actually, if refs cracked down on shirt-tugging, players might actually stop the practice.

Ince, on the other hand, went with the "everybody does it" argument.

"You see [pulling shirts] in Italian soccer all the time," said former Inter Milan midfielder. "Nine times out of 10 people just let it go so it was a bit harsh on West Brom to be fair."

Mr. Macho was also upset after Benni McCarthy was ejected for two yellow cards: "Red cards for malicious tackles, studs up, dangerous ones, fair enough. But it's not a game for women."

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
Copa America: Brazil and Colombia will meet again    
Brazil and Colombia, which faced each other in a hotly contested quarterfinal match at the 2014 ...
Referees grab the spotlight in MLS playoffs    
If the goal of a referee is to go unnoticed, the two referees in Sunday's MLS ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"I thought we benefited a little bit [from Stott's decisions]. In most games, I think that ...
U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls Interregional rosters    
The five-day U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional began Monday at Spanish River Athletic Park ...
Video Pick: Rimando eyes third straight save award    
Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando will become the first three-time MLS Save of the Year winner ...
Video Pick: MLS's 'best' Golazos, but no Cubo     
Fine goals from Will Johnson, Lee Nguyen, Obafemi Martins and Thierry Henry comprise the finalists for ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives