Thursday, February 2, 2012

Soccer debate on tackling causes confusion

The English Premier League is often regarded in a superior light to all other soccer leagues in world soccer, and one of the primary factors behind this is the fast, furious, and unrelenting nature of the game, with no teams holding back from giving each fixture their all, and players all too happy to put their bodies on the line for the sake of their team.

However, despite that, there is currently a fierce debate raging in the EPL regarding the art of tackling, and in particular the manner in which referees should respond to players throwing themselves wholeheartedly into tackles, with the lunging two footed tackle currently the biggest bone of contention by quite some distance.

With the two footed tackle normally a challenge that involves players jumping in the air, lifting their feet off the ground, and risking a serious injury to their opponent. The punishment, of course, is a red card, which can dramatically alter live soccer betting  markets and punters’ soccer betting tips.

More importantly though you have to consider the risk of serious injury, this particular debate perhaps isn't even worth having, with a number of players in recent years almost seeing their careers brought to an untimely end after such dangerous tackles.

However, perhaps one manager who should be philosophically opposed to this sort of tackling more than any other in England is Arsene Wenger, who has seen a number of his players pick up sickening injuries on the pitch, but the Frenchman seems happy to let these challenges stay in the game, suggesting that the argument isn't quite as cut and dry as you may assume.

With nobody wanting to see players injured on the field of play, there is another side to the argument that suggests the level of interest in the EPL might drastically lessen if the more physical side of the game was eradicated. Unfortunately for English soccer fans, unlike the more technical soccer on display in La Liga, the EPL wouldn't be able to make up for this reduction in excitement for neutrals with a variety of skills and neat footwork, meaning that the future of the league itself could be placed firmly on the line with the banning of physical play.

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