What a (non-) goal!... Fair play in sport
Anyone see this 'goal' in the Bundesliga yesterday? Ghost Goal Stefan Kie▀ling Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen 18-10-2013 HD - YouTube
It seems that the Leverksen players are trying to explain the situation to the non-plussed ref, although the ref later insisted that they didn't. You could argue that Hoffenheim were the home team, responsible for putting the nets on the goals and therefore should just take the hit, but that would be a bit harsh.
I get irritated by commentators who make glib remarks about refs should use their commom sense, e.g. when a player is hacked down mercilessly in the first minute, and the ref will be allegedly spoiling the match by sending the offender off. But here was a chance for a ref to show some initiative, reason and integrity and say 'sod the laws, I'm going to ask the 4th official what's going on' and then disallow the goal.
On the subject of fair play, I wonder in light of the Stuart Broad not walking incident in the Ashes what the oafish Darren Lehmann made of the fact that his own opening batsman, Aaron Finch, didn't 'walk' yesterday against India when he nudged, as opposed to edged, the ball on to his shoulder and was caught at cover, but not given out. To make it all the more amusing, it was that charm merchant and upholder of everything moral and ethical, Virat Kohli, who remonstrated with him to walk... As if he would have!
It seems to me that in this instance, unless you can guarantee that all batsmen will walk when they know they should be given out (which you can't), the only fair solution is to rely exclusively on the umpire's judgment. At least that is a level playing-field, even if they do get some of the decisions wrong.
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Hah yeah I saw that on BBC Breakfast yesterday, madness! They wanted to get the match replayed didn't they because in the end the goal was decisive wasn't it (ended going against them 1-2 so would have been a draw otherwise).
The thing that bugs me most about football / fair play is all the diving though, I reckon referees should be able to award post match penalties for dives / acting. Most recent one that sticks in my mind is Nehmar in the Celtic vs Barcelona CL game - Nehmar went down like a sack of spuds and then curled up in sheer agony after the Celtic player/captain 'kicked' him in the back (actually he didn't really make that much contact, he kind of pulled back before putting his full weight behind the kick but to be fair to the ref there was a bit of intent there you could argue). Anyway in the end the Celtic player went off and you can guess what happened with Celtic only 10 men against Barca for the best part of 2 halves...
The other alternative is to award extra points for creativity maybe? But that kind of argument is similar to the one for encouraging drug taking in all sports to make things more interesting... it just doesn't end well really.
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