This weekend the A League’s battlers, Central Coast Mariners were forced to battle a little bit more because of Sydney’s slick feet. By ‘slick feet’ I mean; feet that somehow can’t retain decent contact with the ground, forcing players to fall uncontrollably to the ground, diving.
Watch Emerton’s slick feet here.
Looking around the A-League, I’m beginning to see a really interesting competition take place. In recent years supporters blind enthusiasm for the local game has had marvellous results, but something we deserve and hopefully will see soon is individual natures at each club.
OK, so you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. If you look at clubs around the world, many are known for their certain traits and dare I say beliefs. Some are good traits and others are less admirable. Barcelona are known for their total commitment to good football/ total football and their (former commitment to UNICEF and charity in general), Celtic are known for being a Roman Catholic club and Glasgow Rangers are Protestant. Individual traits can be associated with clubs in eras. Don Revie’s Leeds United were dirty and George Graham’s Arsenal were boring, boring.
When I first heard our very own Sydney FC had stated a self regulating policy against diving or simulation I was at first cynical. “Like hell, they’re going to fine a player for earning them a penalty or a very good free kick opportunity,” was my attitude. But I gave it some thought and before long it became a notion that excited me. At long last Sydney-siders would have a very good comeback to our Rugby boofhead neighbors and friends who accused football of being… Well, I won’t include those horrible jibes on a good blog site like this.
The policy was a step towards a personality at a club that largely has been faceless and typical. What a thing to take a stance on! Fans would flock to see the team who aren’t cheats.
The stage was set. And when marquee veteran and all-round good guy, Brett Emerton performed a dive, it seemed they had a chance to prove their exciting claim.
Commentators and fans prepared to raise their hands to rip their hats off in applause of Sydney’s leadership group who would hand out the fine to Emerton. Despite, practically everyone agreeing that the popular winger had gone down too easily, Sydney’s leadership group ruled he hadn’t. A shame and a real waste for Sydney FC to finally do something that set them apart from the muck. But of course they didn’t…
Promising chief executive Dirk Melton even told the Australian; “We believe Brett has done nothing wrong and it saddens me greatly that his character has been brought into question… We have looked at the footage of the incident and we believe he was clearly fouled by Adriano Pellegrino.” Whatever Dirk.
I for one can’t see any more opportunities for Sydney to develop a club personality in a very long time, especially in such laudable circumstances. Shame on you Sydney FC. Shame on you.