Reuters Soccer Blog

Why can’t divers be punished immediately?

October 25, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/Juventus winger Milos Krasic dived to win a penalty in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Bologna. We know this because his team mates have admitted it, even if the replay evidence was pretty clear anyway. No contact at all and no slip.

Tougher action needed on soccer ‘simulation’

June 23, 2010

SOCCER-WORLDChile’s Group H game against Switzerland was wrecked as a spectacle by the dismissal of Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami for what the referee saw as a serious foul on Chile’s Arturo Vidal — to the disbelief of Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and his players.

Don’t blame the referees, blame the players

June 21, 2010

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I watched the Brazil v Ivory Coast match in the bar of a Cape Town media hotel on Sunday and, not that it was really needed, was given another reminder of what an impossible job referees have in modern football.

from Left field:

Infamy! Infamy! Sporting cheats and scams

September 16, 2009

johnsonIf Renault are found guilty of the race-fixing charge they face in Paris next week -- and the Formula One team announced today they would not be contesting it -- the incident will go down as one of the most brazen attempts at rule-breaking in sport.