Chelsea and John Obi Mikel's shameful conduct in Mark Clattenburg racism affair: Editor's Eye comment

This Is Local London: Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared of allegations he made a racist remark to Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared of allegations he made a racist remark to Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel

HOW low do footballers need to sink before something is done about their appalling behaviour?

An army of testosterone-fuelled young men with stacks of cash and IQs lower than the number of cars in their garages, is clearly a recipe for stories in the tabloids.

However, the fact they are such role models, to the point where some attribute them almost godlike status, means they must be responsible for their actions.

But they will never take responsibility themselves, not now they’re sitting on such high pedestals, so the responsibility has to fall to their clubs and football authorities.

Unfortunately, the sums of money involved, plus the fact the football powers-that-be are about as useful as Torres in a one-to-one with the keeper mean nothing is done.

If anything, the clubs make matters worse and rather than disciplining them, pander to the stars’ whims.

I won’t repeat the details of the shameful treatment of referee Mark Clattenburg but John Obi Mikel is a disgrace and Chelsea’s actions compounded the situation.

But, every time someone dares to even suggest the behaviour of clubs and players should be clamped down on, they are castigated due to the sums of money involved.

It’s time to say enough is enough and we should start with the basics on the pitch and work our way up from there. Step one would be to ban all bad language in exactly the same way other sports do — eg rugby.

Any obscenity, aimed at anyone and it’s a red card immediately — this would start the process of protecting decent people like Mr Clattenburg.

No more excuses, start with the swearing and then introduce the same penalty for any form of simulation. This would be the first practical step to once again making footballers honest, decent people.

What do you think? Should tougher action be taken to improve the behaviour of footballers? Should swearing on the pitch be an automatic red card offence? How would you improve the image of football? Add your comments below and also vote in our poll.

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6:28pm Wed 28 Nov 12

JazzyK says...

How about we sort out the poor standard of refereeing seeing as we're looking to improve the game from the ground up? Refs who don't see blatent fouls should not be on the pitch in the first place. They tend to be immensely rude and ridiculously slow. And before anyone says "you don't know how hard it is to be a ref", I've been there and I've done far better than most of the embarrassing excuses for referees that our country has produced. Yes the players aren't faultless but why are we so scared to criticise these idiots who fail to do their jobs properly week in week out? You miss one decision... fair enough. A couple... it happens. Any more big decisions missed and you're not worthy of being on the pitch.
How about we sort out the poor standard of refereeing seeing as we're looking to improve the game from the ground up? Refs who don't see blatent fouls should not be on the pitch in the first place. They tend to be immensely rude and ridiculously slow. And before anyone says "you don't know how hard it is to be a ref", I've been there and I've done far better than most of the embarrassing excuses for referees that our country has produced. Yes the players aren't faultless but why are we so scared to criticise these idiots who fail to do their jobs properly week in week out? You miss one decision... fair enough. A couple... it happens. Any more big decisions missed and you're not worthy of being on the pitch. JazzyK
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7:29pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Marty1979 says...

Perhaps watching a rugby game (at any level) would be a shock for some of these "superstars"

No bad language, no arguing with the referee
Perhaps watching a rugby game (at any level) would be a shock for some of these "superstars" No bad language, no arguing with the referee Marty1979
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11:01am Thu 29 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Marty1979 wrote:
Perhaps watching a rugby game (at any level) would be a shock for some of these "superstars"

No bad language, no arguing with the referee
Put some of these posers opposite me in the front row Marty, we'll soon see what's what. I may only play vets but its still more than competitive. Once I get me tools out it's game on boi.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: Perhaps watching a rugby game (at any level) would be a shock for some of these "superstars" No bad language, no arguing with the referee[/p][/quote]Put some of these posers opposite me in the front row Marty, we'll soon see what's what. I may only play vets but its still more than competitive. Once I get me tools out it's game on boi. Gypo.Joe
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