Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Famous last words

Famous last words

I have heard some ludicrous suggestions and crack pot ideas put forward to improve the game of association football over the years but none more ridiculous than the one I read this week. What was it you say? Replacing drawn games with penalty shoot outs in football league matches. Now that is a real peach!

We have a number of issues in modern football that really do require serious consideration and firm action by the powers that be. Cheating and diving for example. I think most people would agree that this is a real cancer in the game at the moment at all levels. The re-introduction of terracing is another burning issue although not as serious as diving obviously. Perhaps even the widening gap between the super rich in the premiership and the rest of us riff-raff could be looked at as a real source of concern in the game. But no, some bright spark has woken up in a meeting after a particularly heavy lunch and said "lets have penalties instead of draws". Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant.

For starters, does anyone actually ever moan about drawn games? Sometimes getting a point can feel like a win if you have got out of jail or claimed a valuable point in the race for promotion. But then other ideas recently entertained are also similarly laughable. I remember some talk of increasing the size of the goals not too long ago because goal keepers are getting taller! Its not exactly like Gulliver in Lilliput out there is it! This is another example of a change that is utterly pointless and just a blatant attempt by someone to justify their salary. By that logic, perhaps strikers should be forced to wear clogs because modern day footballers are too quick?

Introducing penalties would create too many freak results and allow sides to put 11 men behind the ball and still win the game. This would make for boring, negative football and defeat the object of such a plan, which I assume is create more excitement and market the game at the US market for the umpteenth time.

In a week when the need for video goal-line technology was called for by Mark Hughes, and not without good reason, why are such things as penalty shoot outs being entertained as improvements to the game? When will they learn, there is nothing wrong with the fundamental rules of the game - please leave them alone. Instead, kick out cheats, racists and hooligans and stop WAGS from making TV programs - now that really would be a sensible move!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Monday March 19 2007
Time: 8:30PM

Comments

0
What a load of old crap..who is this idiot? Its about time you got some decent journalists on this site.
wemaybefamousagain
19/03/2007 21:09:00
0
Maybe Guinless should write a similar article to display a quality write-up.
Juán
20/03/2007 16:03:00
0
Gee, thanks Juan!
wemaybefamousagain
20/03/2007 20:00:00
0
Dude, the one silliest rule in league football is simply omitted! Where's the idea of changing the fact that players, after getting treatment on the pitch, then have to leave it? No particular harshness intended, just a reflection of Guinless's quality.
Juán
20/03/2007 21:27:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Brazil On Positive Forest Contact Talks

The returning Chris Cohen is one of a number of players who will be out of contract at the end of the season with his future one Gary Brazil said Nottingham Forest are keen to secure.

Assombalonga Ready For Wigan Battle

Striker Britt Assombalonga has said that Nottingham Forest are ready to battle for all three points in tomorrow's clash with Wigan Athletic.

Vital Preview - Championship, 24th-26th Feb 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Brazil Confident Ahead Of Wigan

Manager Gary Brazil has said he's confident Nottingham Forest have the ability to damage Wigan Athletic when we face them this weekend.

Archived Vital Forest Articles

Vital Forest articles from

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest
Suggested By:
Forest win50%
Wigan win50%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 1:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Apollyon243
2.Jimmy Gordon182
3.Pope John XXIII137
4.mao tse tung123
5.orbitalforest118
6.LyttleByLyttle102
7.the jock100
8.AdebolaCornflakes98
9.Calvin Plummer95
10.da fuq86
Vital Football Comment