Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Are we using enough Protection?

Are we using enough Protection?

In the wake of the Stoke game and pointing to the broken limbs that Arsenal has suffered over 4 seasons both Fabregas and Wenger voiced the opinion that Arsenal players aren`t protected enough.

Courtesy of the Vital Arsenal forums support for their view comes in the form of a remarkable disparity between the numbers of cards issued in the EPL last season compared to those in the major competitor leagues in Europe:

La Liga: 2160 cards (2017 yellow - 78 yellow/red - 65 red)

Serie A: 1805 cards (1686 yellow - 71 yellow/red - 48 red)

EPL: 1244 cards (1181 yellow - 26 yellow/red - 37 red)


The Bundesliga with 1214 cards overall seems lower but adjusting for the lower number of games played and even the Germans with their reputation for discipline had generated the equivalent of 1507 cards last season.

The pattern for this season is much the same with both La Liga and Serie A issuing almost half as many cards again as those issued in the Premier League so far.

Does this point to a greater lack of protection for EPL players than is available to those in La Liga or Serie A teams? Given the propensity for yellow cards in the PL to be dished out for fairly minor offences it is not hard to imagine that it might. If it does it suggests that Arsenal, along with others as one of the most fouled against teams, aren`t being offered the same degree of protection as their European counterparts.

What is clear is that, with a few honourable exceptions, the scornful, dismissal of Wenger`s protestations by unthinking, disinterested observers isn`t serving English football and its participants any good in ignoring the evidence available to them.



Join Vital Arsenal

Want to comment on this article? It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved






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

Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
Time: 2:45PM

Comments

0
hear hear
G4L
02/03/2010 15:00:00
0
it was a tackle with no intention, a horror one, and the guy got a red card for that, but to say that refs. should give out more card is utter nonsense. For one, you guys would get as many as pool. You have a lot of dirty players that tend to push when running. that is a foul that will get you a yellow card in Spain/Italy, but not here. Plus giving out more cards will affect the game, which is bad in my opinion.
vangogo
02/03/2010 15:10:00
0
How badly has it affected the game in Spain? Not enough to prevent Barca from gaining almost universal praise for their style of play - or enough to prevent the Spanish national side from developing players capable of winning the Euro tournament. I'd take our chances as a team as to whether we'd got more or less cards if the game here were officiated in the same way as it is in Spain.
Amos.
02/03/2010 15:14:00
0
Er...vangogo....you MIGHT want to check the fair play leagues before speaking...
Gunnerman
02/03/2010 15:24:00
0
Brilliantly put Amos, I think it's a debate that is worth having at the very top level of English football. As I said in the forums, the fact that last year only 1 English referee made it in to the top 10 of the world referee rankings, and then only in 10th place, is just another example of poor officiating in the Premier League.
Gunnerman
02/03/2010 15:27:00
0
Harumph-I'd like to know the name of that Referee that made it into the top 10 because I have yet to see a EPL referee that has the wit or ability to officiate a kickabout in my garden! The catalogue of wrong decisions is appalling. Rely on EPL officials for protection? We'd be better off sending our players onto the field of play wearing a suit of armour!
julieloveshenry4ever
02/03/2010 15:37:00
0
That would be our friend Mr Howard "the coward" Webb. Which if you think about it makes, sense - he's got to be the best of a pretty poor bunch - regardless, it's a ***** poor showing from a league that markets itself as the best. Although if you look at the general quality of football in comparison to other top leagues, it certainly ain't.
Gunnerman
02/03/2010 15:40:00
0
Why don't they start docking points off teams who finish bottom of the fair play table? If that was done at season's end, you'd soon see "the usual suspects" cleaning up their act.
julieloveshenry4ever
02/03/2010 15:45:00
0
You could Julie, and it is feasible, but personally, I'd rather better refereeing and officiating dragging the english game kicking and screaming up to date and in line with the technical quality of la liga. Might take a while, but it'd be worth the wait. Maybe do both?
Gunnerman
02/03/2010 15:47:00
0
Excellent stats! Boggles the mind that FIFA continually call up Coward Webb for the world cup -- the only English ref they keep recognizing for such big tournaments.
jaelle
02/03/2010 16:47:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Wenger Looking For West Ham Response

With the disappointing League Cup quarter final loss to Southampton in midweek, manager Arsene Wenger is looking for a response when we make...

Vital Preview - Premier League, 3rd-5th Dec 2016

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

Cech & Holding Talk Southampton

Petr Cech and Rob Holding have been speaking following defeat to Southampton in the quarter finals of the League Cup.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Ham United v Arsenal
Suggested By:
Arsenal win50%
West Ham win50%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 18 2016 4:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 1 2017 4:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football