Lady Justice

If there is one thing I hate to see, it is injustice. In all walks of life I cannot abide the unfairness that life throws at us and I get really angry when I see someone suffer unjustly.

I've been riled a lot recently with the World Cup on. Bad decisions, bad laws of the game, bad sportsmanship and bad leadership.

The events of tonight have illustrated yet again what is wrong with the game of football. Ghana have been denied a first semi-final appearance for an African nation by a blatant act of foul play by Luis Suarez of Uruguay. In the full knowledge that he'd be sent off, Suarez's deliberate hand ball on the goal line prevented a certain goal by Ghana. A goal in the last minute of extra time that would have seen them go through to a semi-final match against Holland.

OK, Ghana were awarded a penalty as a result, but there was always a chance of them missing it. Which of course they did. This was the exact gamble Suarez took and his act of foul play (I'd go so far as call it cheating) saw the match decided on penalties in favour of the South Americans.

How can FIFA allow such an injustice to take place? If ever there was a case for the awarding of a penalty goal - in much the same way as rugby has penalty tries - then tonight's match clearly demonstrated it.

I'm sure there are lots of people out there, including the whole of Uruguay, who will disagree with me. It is a sad indictment of the times we live in that cheating and foul play to achieve one's goals has become the acceptable norm. To win by fair means or foul seems to be the order of the day. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

Though history will show that Uruguay won tonight, Lady Justice certainly lost.


Robin said...

Totally, agree Alistair.

This was a calculated risk decision.

Rules to need to change for this scenario:goalimmediately given to the opposing team. This would stop this nonsense once and for all.

What, an unfair exit for Ghana.

Hang you heads in shame Uruguay.

Alistair said...

I've been away all day at the British Superbikes meeting at Knockhill so I'm just catching up with blog posts etc.

The bitter taste left in the mouth after yesterday's game is worse having read the news that FIFA have failed to extend Suarez's one match ban. Even more so upon reading of the attitude of the Uruguay players.

Every youngster throughout the world will now think that such behaviour is not only acceptable, but rewarded.

FIFA - a spineless bunch of tossers.

Handy Andy said...

Don't blame Uruguay or the player. They don't make the laws. What's wrong is that FIFA had the power to increase the ban to include a second game. The fact they didn't is absolutely astonishing!

I won't make a difference anyway as Holland will beat them on Tuesday.

Alistair said...

In this instance I blame the player for his lack of both morals and sporting attitude. His reaction after the penalty shoot out was decided told its own story.

Of course, the root cause of the problem lies in the rules of the game that essentially encourages such acts by not having sanctions that outweigh the benefits.

The ball for cleaning up the game lies squarely in FIFA's court so I'm expecting nothing more than the staus quo.

Like you, I'm certainly hoping Holland stuff Uruguay on Tuesday.