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Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:25 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 11:38 am

By Brian Stubits

Giving cards for diving in soccer? I'm all for that. Whatever they can do to cut diving out of the game is for the good.

Giving cards to guys unconscious on a stretcher for diving? Ummm, that's a little bit different. I know soccer players will sometimes go to pretty incredible lengths to draw penalties, but can it really be considered a dive when a player is concussed and had three vertebrae displaced because of an elbow on a jump ball in the box? If so, that's some dedicated acting.

This was the scene in a Belgian amateur match.

Yes, that is the referee holding up a yellow card to Julien Lecomte while he sits on a stretcher. Considering it was Lecomte's second yellow of the game, the referee then pulls out the red card. Naturally, his team is just a little miffed. As am I.

Hat tip to Yard Barker

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:48 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:17 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

This is just an overreaction to a rampant problem in the sport.  A problem that has been giving soccer a bad name for quite some time.

Soccer is a great sport but like in any sport there are certain aspects of the game that players attempt to exploit.  Being injured is one of them and it isn't just soccer where it is employed, is just most blatant in soccer.

Does anybody remember Limas Sweed in an AFC Championship game dropping a certain touchdown pass and then faking an injury that nearly cost his team any points at all?  That was done out of embarassment to cover his mistake, not to help his team.  I think he has been on the practice squad ever since.  That is an example of a team not putting up with a player who is unable to take responsibility for his actions.

Remember Brazil in the final minutes of the World Cup semi-final when the girl jumped off the stretcher and went back on the field?  That was disgraceful and actually led to more extra time which led to Brazil's defeat.

Somebody help me.  I remember a professional tennis player who faked an injury about 15 years ago and was suspended for it the following week.  I just can't remember who it was who did it.

Probably the most famous would be Roberto Duran in the "No mas" fight against Sugar Ray Leonard which led to his disgrace and though he was still a great fighter he never regained his stellar reputation.

Faking an injury occurs in every sport but mot so blatantly as it does in soccer.  However, I can't remember a single time when I was watching a game that faking an injury was beneficial to the team or person who faked an injury.

Pulling the quick yellow card is soccer's attempt at stopping blatant injury faking.  I saw that the player really did appear injured but something else that I have never seen is an official admit that he was wrong during a game.   

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:04 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

I would not call that a dive by any means.  It did look at real time speed that he was hit...but not sooo hard that he would have gotten knocked out or anything but it did appear there was contact and the player went down.  This is where the human element comes into play for the game.  because it was the official who made the "call" that he thought said player was diving and was therefore given the yellow card.  Was it terrible timing on the officials part to do it when?  Absolutely!  But again this is human element at its finest.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:55 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

That's what you get when soccer players constantly fake injuries and are over dramatic.  Furthermore, he was not even hit in the head.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:32 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

Your comments are true but on the flip side.  Soccer players dont have to worry about some 250lb linebacker crushing them as they receive a pass.  What soccer has in endurance it lacks in physical play.  Soccer players dont carry around 10-15 pounds of pads nor are they sprinting most of the time I see them jogging which is not a knock when you have to play 90+ minutes. 

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:38 pm

It was an amateur match -

not representative of what a top or even mid level referee would do at pro level. 

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:23 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

This kind of thing is why soccer is having a hard time in the USA. This is a ref obivously on the take and out of touch with what it happening on the field. I hope what ever organization hired him has since fired him and banned him from ever entering the pitch again.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:44 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

This is just another example of how soccer culture is pathetic. 
We just got past the guy who wouldn't shake a players hand because he was black, got suspended and then wouldn't shake his hand when his suspension was over, the whole investigation around rigged matches across FIFA and the huge riot in Egypt preventing fans from attending the rest of that leagues season. The bad soccer press just continues.
This is almost as bad as the guy who got red carded recently for defending himself from an attacking fan. I just don't understand how these things continue to happen and soccer is still the most loved sport worldwide. 

don't blame the sport because the people playing it are morons... tbh i find the sport entertaining, the politics and bs assiociated with it i could live without... its kind of like college football, i love watching it but i hate the politics and the retarded bcs postseason system

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:04 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

"Take a dive," "flop,""act," "what Wisconsin's kicker did in the MSU-Wisconsin game at the end of the season." FAKE AN INJURY. lol

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:43 pm

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

For all you fat, out of shape, armchair quarterbacks.....I would love for you to endure playing a soccer match with (2) 45 minute halves plus penalty time, no time outs, and very few stoppages in play.  This is truly a game of endurance.  You can rip the fans, the players, the refs, and anyone else, but it is truly a game of endurance and skill.  You could easily rip the NFL for arrogant fans, arrogant players, bad policy making and shoddy refereeing.

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