I’ve been putting off this admission for quite a while but cometh the hour cometh the confession:
Football is rotten. Not just bent, not just greedy. Rotten, as in an infestation of maggots munching their wormy way through the once beautiful game.
The Thierry Henry incident confirms it. It’s not really about Henry — professional athletes will always seek competitive advantage, some will cheat.
No, I blame FIFA. Talk about asleep at the wheel. As custodians of the game they must take immediate and decisive action to exile the cheaters. The remedy is easy:
1. Video panels to assess every high level game, identify divers and other cheats, and serve offenders with lengthy bans.
2. Video replay. Give managers two challenges per game.
Until this happens, football will further descend into pantomime.