January 24, 2012

Foot-Up-Tackles to be consistently punished with a straight red card

We have recognized during the last weeks that one problem is still apparent in football (refereeing). That is the danger that results from foot-up-tackles. Players can be easily injured by such fouls, they have to be protected.

Nonetheless, there is no consistent measure to punish these fouls. FIFA and DFB are always instructing to pay more attention to them and to issue more red cards after such fouls. The latest U17 World Cup has offered five situations in which the referees followed these instructions.
The FA has obviously instructed its officials, too, Chris Foy was often blamed for his decision to send Vincent Kompany off, by the majority of the community, many football supporters and by me, too. Today, I think a bit differently about this situation.

Unfortunately, this message has not arrived the Seychelles and Eddy Maillet, as the attached video shows it. The video contains the decisions I would have taken at his place. It is clear that one can have different opinions about that, it is also clear that situations look different in the pitch and that the referee has only one opportunity to see the foul. 
Hence, this video is not aimed at blaming Eddy Maillet, but to create discussions and to show the necessity of more red cards on such situations to guarantee the players' health, even though committing such fouls does not always mean that it was the respective player's intention.

Personally, I want to emphasize that I am a fan of hard football. But there is a borderline, everyone has to recognize this.

What is your attitude towards these situations?

It should be like this (2:06):

match report


  1. My opinions:
    27.: red card, because of speed and two legs
    51.: difficult situation, I don't want to decide
    58.: at least a yellow card, near to violent conduct
    69.: yellow card is OK, tackling towards the ball
    79.: at least yellow, stretched leg against the ankle
    87.: clear foul, even regarding his leniency

  2. Ok thanks Philipp!
    Yes, one must say that the 51st minute is of course difficult as all the other calls. Tackling towards the ball is of course a good thing, but it may also be negligent.

  3. My opinions aren't so much different from Philipp ones.
    27': yes, clear red card, as I said in my messages during the match
    51': maybe yellow, but here I'm not sure, I don't know how to consider the situation, I have to be honest
    58': A harsh referee in that situation could give a straight red, but I think for the most of the referees, it's a yellow card
    69': I agree with yellow card, because player is tackling towards the ball
    79' this should be yellow card
    87' penalty

    I think that the first situation is a big mistake, because it was a clear red card. Furthermore, watching the video, Maillet seemed to be a bit inattentive on the pitch. In my opinion, he has a big experience, having been also a WC referee, so he knows for sure that some fouls have to be punished with a straight red card, but maybe on the pitch he didn't recognize it.
    Finally, I think that his mark about the calls can't be more than a 5 out of 10.

  4. Of course we cannot blame Maillet for the following, but perhaps we should consider it in this kind of post-match-review:

    the opponent who was fouled in 1:20 of the video could not walk anymore, had to be substituted, will miss the team at least for the next match. Therefore: what does it help if a player wanted to play the ball but made that? The good will is always nice, but here it is in my opinion a negligent assault, or at least a negligent, rude foul. This is a kind of fouls the federations should put on the agenda and should clearly say: yes, we want to see the yellow card, or instead, we want to see the red one.


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