"You can't book me ref, that's the first time I've elbowed him in the face all day!"
I need to get this off my chest because it’s the most annoying fallacy in football. Tonight Torres made a foul on a breaking Copenhagen player, bringing him down clumsily on halfway and receiving a yellow card. The idiot commentator Alan Parry said: “That’s a bit harsh, it’s his first offence.”
Where in the rules does it say a cynical foul shall be deemed bookable unless it’s the player’s first foul of the match? Nowhere. It’s the same when a player who’s just committed a bad foul protests incredulously at the referee, brandishing his index finger in the refs face to signal it’s his first offence, as if to say “I know I chopped him in two and almost killed him, but it’s my first legbreaker of the match so you can’t book me surely!”
Utter bollocks. A foul worthy of a yellow is bookable if it’s your first or fortieth (in the case of Joey Barton) offence of the game.
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