Things do not seem to be going swimmingly good on English soccer fields. Last week injustice strike a headlines, this week it was cheating.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, a Uruguayan striker, has indulged in both. It is a good thing that he is not using for election. This guy’s recognition has plunged. Those with prolonged memories might remember his counsel sport on a idea line that denied Ghana a mark in a 2010 World Cup semifinals. Follow this with his extremist outburst final year opposite a black actor that resulted in an eight-game ban. This deteriorate he has been pilloried for sequence flopping.
He’s not a usually one diving. Consider it a latest craze. Everyone is going nuts. Take a referees – they fear being duped. Instant replay guarantees their chagrin if they endowment a chastisement flog for a flop. And if a actor has a repute for that, a ref is discerning to lift a card, infrequently unfairly.
Just ask Chelsea’s Fernando Torres. He was red-carded Saturday for acrobatics easily. Replay showed hit with his competition though Torres finished a dish of his fall. Torres has been an object on a flopper’s menu for a while. No warn afterwards that a arbitrate systematic his dismissal. It cost Chelsea a diversion opposite opposition Manchester United. They mislaid 3-2.
What can be done? Everton manager David Moyes suggests retroactive punishments. Post-game, a row would weigh TV footage and levy sanctions on a divers. He named Suarez as a primary offender. Everton played Liverpool in a Merseyside derby Saturday. And what did Suarez do after he scored? He ran toward Moyes on a sideline and staged a melodramatic, critical wave right during his feet. Take that!
TV deal: More Americans will be means to follow English soccer’s unimportance and posturing starting subsequent year. NBC has cumulative a disdainful promote rights for a Premier League. Bad news for rivals Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN. NBC is not pity a spoils.
The sum is $240 million for 3 years. Two hundred games per deteriorate are being offering to viewers opposite a network’s platforms.
“The Barclays Premier League is a preeminent soccer joining in a world, and is on a fork of exponential recognition expansion here in a U.S.,” pronounced Mark Lazarus, authority of NBC Sports Group, in a press release.
Add adult a large bucks for a English. Our domestic diversion is left in a dirt when competing with over there. Fair play to NBC – they invested in broadcasting Major League Soccer this year, with singular returns. Perhaps hitching a local trailer to a unfamiliar car will assistance soccer’s domestic pioneering.
Another postseason: MLS’s playoffs follow a sizzling success of the Giants in a World Series. The Earthquakes are seeded tip in a West. They flog off their playoffs Sunday. For soccer purists, playoffs seem odd. The rest of a universe anoints champions by many points over a season. The toil of coherence trumps all. The process is a fit to a faith in endurance.
Not here in America. We wish a evident vanquish of tragedy or a extemporaneous explosion of feat to conclude a sporting life. See San Francisco bake with orange feverishness after mowing down Motown. And a fit of basin unresolved over bad aged Detroit, ironically enough, is not expected to be swept divided any time soon. Only playoffs can broach this narrative. San Jose hopes for a feverishness come Dec. 1 and feat in a MLS Cup Final.
Alan Black is an author and journalist. Read his blog during blog.sfgate.com/soccer.