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Mick McCarthy absolutely right! Fans of the beautiful game don’t want to see football turned into a non-contact sport

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Mick McCarthy’s passionate defence of wronged midfielder Nenad Milijas is in the best interests of the beautiful game.

The Wolves player was sent off in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal despite winning the ball as McCarthy has clearly demonstrated.

But there is a lot more at stake here than a bad refereeing decision. We are talking about whether or not we want to kill the art of tackling.

While I am not advocating a return to the brutal days – when hardmen like Chopper Harris, Norman Hunter and Nobby Stiles ruled the roost – we must beware not to turn the game into a non contact sport.

McCarthy is absolutely right when he says: “I think the fabric of the British game is based on people tackling.”

And I agree whole-heartedly when the Wolves boss adds: “That’s why people come and watch because it’s exciting because people are tackled. It’s part of our game.”

Mick McCarthy points out the Milijas was first to the ball

Mick McCarthy points out the Milijas was first to the ball



December 30th, 2011 at 8:46 pm