Not On,So Off!
As one or two of you may have noticed,I spent the extended weekend Chez SOLKITTS. We’ve known each other for about forty years,he blames me for blighting his life with a deep love of Celtic-as do his wife and kids!-and basically we just have a terrific time when we meet up.
They kill the fatted calf,force feed it to me,and then insist I wash it down with the finest whisky they can find. I do my best with some retaliation-like bringing over a couple of decent bottles,or trying subterfuge to pay a bill when I think they aren’t looking-but it’s a bloody struggle.
You’ll gather I had a great weekend. I always do. I’ve always said that I have better family and friends than I deserve,and none of them ever fail to prove that. None,ever. I think they do it out of spite to put me on a guilt trip,the basterts!
Quite a few of you on here are included in that,of course.
Canny beat a hootenanny,really!!!
However,SOLKITTS and I can be quite argumentative-without falling out!-at times. And one of the points I raised while watching a game on Saturday night was about the number of stamps on a player’s foot. SOLKITTS,of course,is a recently retired referee,and at quite a senior level. My point was that there is far too much of the clear stamp on the foot of a player as he plays the ball.
Not a kick on the calf or the knee,as we did-or got-when we were kids. A stamp on the foot. Which,of course,we shrugged off. The leather protecting our feet was thicker than we were!
Not now. The boots are deliberately lighter to enable more speed and “feel” and are comparable to those worn by a ballet dancer at Sadler’s Wells. As such,that has made feet-notoriously made up of fragile bones and nerve endings-much more vulnerable to assault.
The people I watched the Wales v Italy game with yesterday were bloody raging at the red card for a “nothing” offence. I was delighted with it. This is an offence which has been becoming far too prevalent in our game. As I said to SOLKITTS the other night,for something to become prevalent when it had previously been rare means that they know what they are doing.
The referee yesterday will probably get some grief in the press in the morning. He won’t be getting any from me. It was a courageous decision,it was a correct decision,and I hope his colleagues worldwide follow his example.
Above article by BMCUWP