Sunday, 22 April 2007

diving

So Adriano has been retrospectively banned for 2 matches on video evidence for his shameless/shameful dive on Wednesday. He flung himself to the ground like a man taking cover in a trench, his contact with Doni as substantial as his own contact with the ascetic lifestyle of the Benedictine order. The quote from the giudice sportive made it clear that they considered it a clear attempt to cheat the referee and that they wanted none of it. Inter have appealed, of course, but there seems to be a lot of support for the ban. I for one think it's a great idea. There's far too much diving in Serie A (even sad to say amongst the giallorossi) and any measures which can effectively tackle it are welcome. Who knows whether it will a) stand b) be the dawn of a new refereeing era or c) have any real effect. Nonetheless it can only be considered a step in the right direction and as such is to be applauded.

Inter of course have taken the opportunity to give full reign to their victim complex, and are moaning loudly. And to make sure that there's no real suggestion of victimisation we need to see similar punishments being doled out, consistently across the division as needed. And of course the issue of what you can & can't use video evidence for does arise: should it only be for things the ref missed, i.e. correcting errors of omission, or should it be for errors of commission too, correcting things he saw but got wrong? Doubtless controversy will bumble on for a bit. In the meantime, Inter may be appealing but Interisti across the land are doubtless celebrating the suspension with vigour.

11 comments:

Albert Herring said...

An interesting precedent. And even if the viability of the internal use of video evidence by the Federcalcio is a moot point, it would be mildly amusing to find out what probative status it would have in a court of law, in a country that has the criminal offence of "frode sportiva" on the books...

Antonio Gurrado said...

Adriano was not only diving but trying to apply to a single match episode the victimistic process Inter took up in order to win (?) last year Scudetto and to bugger (sorry!) Juventus and AC Milan - don't you think so?

punk said...

adriano ha fatto davvero uno brutta figura con quel tuffo.

Pat said...

I’m totally against diving but I think there needs to be a clear definition that doesn't allow defenders to get away with fouls because the attacker went down easily. Going back to the Grosso penalty for a moment, Lucas 'Im a Victim' Neill impeded his progress and made no attempt to avoid getting in the road, so I don't see why it should be Grosso's responsibility to stay on his feet in that situation. That said, clear and blatant diving is a disgrace and retrospective banning should be the norm.

Anonymous said...

The Grosso/Neill penalty was totally different to Adriano's, as Neill slid across Grosso to impede his progress toward goal. There was also some contact. That was a clear penalty because you can't tackle like that in the penalty area without getting the ball cleanly.
Doni didn't make a tackle and pulled out of it (like Materazzi did in the WC final which also was not a penalty and was a dive).
I'm all for using video evidence to stamp out diving. Also for yellow and red cards decisions that are incorrect (or vice-versa).
I was embarassed by Perrotta's dive in the 1st leg against Man Utd, and I'd think that Interisti should be embarassed by Adriano.
Of course the club has no ethics so they are appealing to the courts because they are as always the hapless victims of scandal. Gimme a break. What scum of a club.
-AR

Pat said...

I agree Adriano's was different to Grosso's. Just wanted to make the point that while the game cracks down on diving the powers that be should be careful not to go too far the other way

Anonymous said...

"Inter of course have taken the opportunity to give full reign to their victim complex, and are moaning loudly."

Of course...they've had much practice and are very good at it.

Regarding Grosso/Niell: To be perhaps a little more technical than "you can't tackle like that in the penalty area without getting the ball cleanly" I would say that you don't need to completely clatter into another player to impede their progress and commit a foul. Sometimes it doesn't matter if there is little or no contact.

- Juventino

Spangly Princess said...

Ciao Juventino and welcome (something I'd not ever thought I'd say, hehe)

Anonymous said...

I don't mind if you hate me for being Juventino. Hate means more than indifference.
;o)

- Juventino

Spangly Princess said...

nah I don't waste hate on the unworthy ;-) not when the laziali are so much more deserving!

besides this year Juve have brought me endless pleasure. Every Saturday afternoon hearing their results on the radio, and enjoying the reminder that they've been playing Albinoleffe, Crotone, Frosinone... (no disrespect to those sides, of course, or their fans...)

Anonymous said...

I've been loving it too, Princess. Never been prouder than this season when Juve was forced to be the sacrificial lamb in an attempt to purify Italian football. I don't say we're innocent, but I don't think we were as guilty as the respective punishments tell. I believe Bergamo when he says that he would get calls from everyone, mostly from Facchetti (suits his character perfectly...RIP, of course).

I'd happily see Juve playing in Serie D if it would actually achieve anything. This whole thing was a load of crap.

Here I am getting off topic again...

- Juventino