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
English soccer getting too violent?
ESPN Soccernet, September 21st, 2010 1:38PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

David Hirshey asks: Has the English Premier League turned into an abattoir of shattered tibias, fractured fibulas and shredded metatarsals? How long before special wings at hospitals are created for the purpose of reattaching EPL players' legs?

The first weeks of this season have seen several players go down with significant injuries -- Fulham's Bobby Zamora, Everton's Jack Rodwell, Spurs' Luka Modric and Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov. Hirshey also recalls injuries suffered because of bad fouls by Arsenal's Eduardo (2008) and Aaron Ramsey (February). And Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng's flying leg whip that ripped Michael Ballack's ankle to pieces last season and kept the German captain out of the World Cup.

Writes Hirshey: "What is it about the English game that leads to such sanctioned violence? Perhaps it's symptomatic of the macho British culture, or maybe it's the only way some talent-shy teams can hope to remain seated at the EPL's top table. But regardless of its causes, the effects are manifest. We're now at a point where the hardest-working men on the field are the guys who carry the stretcher. ...

"Don't get me wrong. I realize that soccer is a contact sport. I even accept that power and aggression are just as much a part of the game as speed and skill. But at the risk of going all Wengerish on you, I worry that the EPL will soon need a bionic limb factory if it doesn't clean up its act."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
Dick Advocaat Takes Serbia Helm    
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose resume includes stints as coach of the Netherlands, South Korea, PSV Eindhoven ...
Arsenal Buys Teen Defender for $27 million    
Arsenal has signed England U-19 defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for about $27 million. The 19-year-old ...
Schweinsteiger Says Sorry for Insulting Song    
World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video appeared of ...
Lionel Messi Not Clear of Tax Trouble    
Despite the prosecutor arguing in June that his father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances ...
Ranieri Named Greece Coach     
Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece. The 62-year-old Italian replaces Fernando ...
West Ham's Carroll to Miss Four Months    
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to miss up to four months after suffering ankle ...
Pinto Quits Costa Rica     
Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Costa Rica to a surprise quarterfinal finish at the World Cup ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives