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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.



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

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hear hear
G4L
02/03/2010 15:00:00
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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
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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
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Er...vangogo....you MIGHT want to check the fair play leagues before speaking...
Gunnerman
02/03/2010 15:24:00
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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