• sar started the topic Smashing things up in the forum General Banter 1 week, 3 days ago

    I thought we only smashed things up when we lost or were upset about something. It seems it’s also an expression of joy.

    https://news.sky.com/story/london-ambulance-damaged-as-england-fans-celebrate-world-cup-quarter-final-win-11429810

    It would be great to use the ‘power of social media ‘ to find some of these individuals and prosecute them!

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The only hazard with Columbia is being injured. They play full contact hope the ref is distracted football, plus the risk of players being drawn into a scuffle and being banned from later games.

  • sar posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I agree that should be stamped out too and given the introduction of VAR and a 3rd ref I was hoping that this could be dealt with during the game. I agree that there has been lot of this going on (with the striker sometimes going down a little too easily) but Im talking about the stuff which isnt that easily identified where diving or acting are being used as tools to cheat the ref and ultimately the watching public out of a fair result.

    I would rather England lose fairly than win unfairly.

    • This World Cup has been helped but also hindered by VAR. Now we have players screaming at the ref to review every little thing. Injuries are exaggerated even more as an attempt to get VAR to look at things and hopefully get a decision.

      While there have been some things that VAR has helped with, there are many other behaviours that it seems to be encouraging.

      I do like the fact that Gareth Southgate seems to be drumming into the England players that they should do their damnedest to avoid getting hold of anyone in the penalty area and risking a penalty. The Tunisia one went against them – good reason to make sure they keep their discipline.

    • Copy cricket and tennis. Each team can request 2 vars per half. Or similar.

  • sar posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I always look forward to the World Cup but I’m starting to think that football has become a non-contact sport.

    Get near the competition and they seem to fall over without any difficulty. I wonder if any of these big strong men would fall on the floor like a big girls blouse if they were hit in the street.

    My 10 year old daughter can take more punishment than these bunch of embarrassments. Managers need to stamp it out and threaten to withdraw their place in the next game of they continue to cheat this way or better still, FIFA disqualifies the game against the cheat retrospectively.

    Why is diving or feigning injury to get an unfair advantage any better than taking steroids, blood doping or roughing up a cricket ball with sandpaper? It drives me nuts to see these so called…[Read more]

    • What about all the attackers being literally wrestled to the ground at set pieces? At least the referees appear to have been instructed to take a more severe view.

      • I agree that should be stamped out too and given the introduction of VAR and a 3rd ref I was hoping that this could be dealt with during the game. I agree that there has been lot of this going on (with the striker sometimes going down a little too easily) but Im talking about the stuff which isnt that easily identified where diving or acting are being used as tools to cheat the ref and ultimately the watching public out of a fair result.

        I would rather England lose fairly than win unfairly.

        • This World Cup has been helped but also hindered by VAR. Now we have players screaming at the ref to review every little thing. Injuries are exaggerated even more as an attempt to get VAR to look at things and hopefully get a decision.

          While there have been some things that VAR has helped with, there are many other behaviours that it seems to be encouraging.

          I do like the fact that Gareth Southgate seems to be drumming into the England players that they should do their damnedest to avoid getting hold of anyone in the penalty area and risking a penalty. The Tunisia one went against them – good reason to make sure they keep their discipline.

        • Copy cricket and tennis. Each team can request 2 vars per half. Or similar.

    • I would argue the officials need to stamp it out. It still goes largely unpunished.

      If you very rarely get booked for diving but you often win a free kick, you’re going to dive, aren’t you?

      Refs need to get better at giving free kicks where the fouled player *doesn’t* fall over, and also give more yellows/reds for simulation.

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks ago

    Well, I was looking forward to the Belgium v England game but its now become a bit on an anticlimax, talk is of both teams trying to lose – which is rather disappointing.

    Never mind, it all gets real from now on – lets hope the referee’s also get real and waken up to the criticism they are getting – lets play football!

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    And Germany leave Russia in disarray…not for the first time.

  • sar posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    What would you like to see Arsenal become? Trophies need to be bought these days, not earned and it’s a pretty soulless experience supporting a team that spends circa £300M per year to try and compete at the top level. This still doesn’t guarantee success, either.

    • That’s a pretty good assessment. I’m a Manchester United fan. The Fergie years were great, there is no denying that. Made better for having spirited rivals like Arsenal and Liverpool. And of course there were marquee signings but they felt special and fairly rare. One of the pundits on the radio made the point that £30 million nowadays gets you a squad player.

      It’s easy (and possibly a little lazy) to state that things are different now, but there is a correlation to spending power and position. People trot out Leicester City as an example of it being different. However that season was poor in terms of the major players, plus Leicester aren’t skint (top 20 richest clubs in the world and that was before the League win. Only 7 or 8% revenue comes from ticket receipts).

      It’s…[Read more]

      • I agree entirely. And add to that the disgraceful cheating on the pitch, the bullying of the ref when decisions don’t go their way and the ridiculous earnings. Totally soulless at the moment (apart from the Leicester win) and frustrating to watch. It just feels as though the whole sport is without integrity from the top to the bottom which in the spirit of the thread is what I feel AW has, in bucket loads.

        Im a neutral fan of Arsenal and now feel its time for its Statesman manager to go, with dignity, and let someone else try and change things with a new perspective.

    • Last summer Arsenal made profit in the transfer market. I’d like to see them spend some of their massive wealth on players. They’ve bought too many duffers – so need to sort this out (one of the reasons Wenger has to go). And I’d like to see them playing as if they really meant it – bad management a key factor here (another reason Wenger has to go). And many of the fans are voting with their feet (another reason). Their business model is in danger of total failure – making profit on players but finishing outside Champions League !!

      I know what you mean about buying trophies, but I am a Wigan Latics fan and more than happy to prove you wrong on that one !!!

      • Serious question – how is it bad management re: the playing style?
        It’s brilliant what Wigan did (as a United fan you had me cheering from the rafters). But, you’ll not be bank rolling a bid for Messi anytime soon off the back of a good FA Cup run. It almost (could?) prove where the focus lies. There are trophies and there are trophies – unfortunately.

      • Buying trophies is why football is the new wrestling – it’s entertainment but it’s not sport. Just like you sit there in a Bond film routing for 007 to win, but really he always does. The outcomes are predictable. Can’t see why the average person wastes any time, money or effort on professional football. Plenty of good sport available these days.

        Football, like the stock market, is just a money game – no longer tied to it’s original purpose.

    • Here is an example of money in football.

      We have a world cup being held in Quatar. We hear of human rights violations and workers dying on a regular basis. Its basically the land that time forgot.

      We have a top level manager in Pep Guardiola being held up as a shining light for his support of the Barcalona independence fight wearing his (Totally against the rules) yellow ribbon.

      Guess who is one of the top ambassadors for Quatar for the world cup.

      Its all money!!

  • sar posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I recall the outcry when Russia was awarded this year’s World Cup, people demanding we (The Home Nations teams) boycott that event. All gone quiet now.

    And the next Winter Olympics in China?

  • sar posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    In what way? Funding for summer Olympics is very much ring fenced for competitors and then only for those with a realistic chance of being competitive. Unless new facilities have been built which are open to all that £28 million has no legacy.

  • We all like to be needed, men included. I think a lot of men measure their own self worth by being high earners, fixing things, being the physically stronger one. So an independent woman who isn’t looking for that in her partner confuses, bewilders and unintentionally undermines them.

  • I couldn’t find anything much that said that custom was found to make a significant difference compared to good brand non custom. I am not trying to rubbish anyone’s experiences with customs just explain how I got to not using them. Others are of course welcome to do their own research as it is a very frequent problem!

    Obviously I decided to try a different route, I was better with Footreviver insoles not so much with gel activs (they seemed to make my foot pain worse). I also know mine mostly comes from issues higher up and I have good foot confo and normal movement so decided to see if I could just get them to work better. It was amazing for me when that worked! I haven’t had symptoms for some time, no treatment, and nothing exercise wise beyond my normal Pilates which doesnt…[Read more]

  • I went the orthotic route no real improvement. Not personalized because all the published research says custom is no better.
    Changed my regular footwear to minimalist/barefoot style and it was revolutionary. If it came up again I would try and find some shockwave now too.