I’m upset that my first post on here is a bit of a whinge but I’m sick of going along to watch the ASB Premiership and hearing nothing but swearing from the players. Swearing at officials, at the opposition, at their own team and on odd occasion at the fans on the side lines.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am no angel. I swear a lot – mostly unnecessarily – but I just don’t see the need for excessive foul language on a sporting field.
Screaming obscenities at the referee or assistant referee is probably what angers me most. It’s like watching toddlers throwing tantrums albeit with slightly broader vocabularies. Things don’t always go your way. I get that it’s frustrating but there’s no need to carry on like the biggest injustice in the world just occurred. The worst part about this situation is that I am yet to see a referee take action against a player who has just called him every expletive under the sun. If I went to work every day and my customers spoke to me the way that these players speak to the referees, I’d be more than a bit mad. I’d probably do one of three things – start yelling back at them, go home and cry, or quit my job. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know. What I do know is that if any of the referees decided to up and leave because they’d had enough abuse, I’d be totally supportive. Then what would happen? Sure they could get new referees. But at what standard? Would the quality of refereeing diminish thus causing more player frustration and thus more swearing? Seems like a vicious cycle.
Officials – More cards please.
Cursing the opposition is another thing. I guess you don’t hear as much of it as it’s usually done under the breath or in the player’s face after a dodgy tackle but does that make it okay? I think not!
Cussing their own team mates I must admit is mildly amusing. It signals an implosion and immense frustration in the game which I guess I can kind of understand but it does absolutely nothing for team morale or performance. If my netball teammates were yelling curse words at me because I wasn’t quite doing as good a job as they wanted, it would definitely not encourage me to play harder. I even heard a player the other day yell at his bench to “pass me a f**ken drink”. It was unnecessary and, if anything, displayed the arrogance of this particular individual. There’s no need for it.
I guess the reason I’m frustrated by it is because it does nothing for the look of the game. Especially at a time when more is being done to promote the domestic competition. Games are televised now and when matches are played in small stadiums (can you even call them that?) and with few fans in the crowd you can hear everything that’s being said on the pitch. Everything. There are probably (hopefully) children watching these games either on TV or pitch side and the players are setting no form of example with regards to attitude. Even if there aren’t children, and it’s an adult audience it’s still not okay. I, for one, am over it.
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