I am watching the Champions League Semi Final between Liverpool and Chelsea. I am a Liverpool fan so take that for what you will, but I am stunned by the poor behaviour exhibited by a number of the Chelsea players. This is one of the biggest teams in the world and has many (millions) of young fans looking for examples of how to play the game.
Didier Drogba dives. He is well known as the man who gets “shot” by a phantom sniper during games. He falls to the ground looking for all the world to have been mortally wounded when TV replays show he has not been (or barely has been) touched.
John Terry is dirty. He kicks, elbows, punches whenever he can outside of the referees eyesight. This is the man who has been captain of the England team and is the captain of Chelsea. I watched him dig his knee into the back of Torres who had been knocked to the ground.
Ricardo Carvalho makes Terry look like an angel. I have watched him punch Torres in the back of the head, use his arm to deflect a ball, and elbow someone in the ribs.
While he hasn’t done it in this game, Steven Gerrard of Liverpool is building up a reputation as one of the top divers in the world. He was seen this past week falling to the ground with great acting when going past someone untouched.
This is the behaviour of the top (skilled and paid) players in the world. What behaviour should we expect from the young people in our neighbourhoods? What responsibility does the team have to curb these kinds of actions? Should we expect to deal with explaining to our kids why their sports stars are not to be emulated?
Some of the ridiculous antics of professional, adult, soccer players below.