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Does the sport of soccer lack moral conviction?

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Ross Tucker July 2 at 6:02pm

I've just finished watching the most bizarre and extra-ordinary ending of a football match. Ghana missed a penalty with literally the final kick of the match in extra-time, and then proceeded to miss two more and Uruguay advance to the semi-finals.

Penalty shoot-outs are always dramatic. But the circumstances around tonight's were exceptional. A Uruguayan player deliberately handles the ball to prevent a goal being scored. A penalty is awarded, the player is shown a red card. All fair so far. Except the kick is missed, and Uruguay go on to win.

Jump to joyous Uruguayan celebrations, and who is the player being hoisted onto the shoulders of the Uruguay team? Not the goal-keeper or the man who kicked the winning penalty, but the player who committed a deliberate foul and is sent off for cheating.

It's an extra-ordinary picture of what football has become - a sport with not a shred of moral fiber, a sport where cheating pays, and where cheats are celebrated as icons. And it's not just Uruguay - it's Ronaldo, Robben, Drogba, Henry...

Tonight's match just provided a timely snapshot of a sport that is supposed to be the beautiful game, but is in fact the world's least moral and ethical sport. Cycling takes a lot of criticism for doping, but football doesn't merely condone cheating, it celebrates it. Disgraceful.

For more, a post on the site (which, incidentally, was written BEFORE the latest episode of "Cheating pays")http://www.sportsscientists.com/2010/07/football-worlds-most-immoral-sport.html

Ross

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Nan

In the qualifying rounds for a previous World Cup, Australia - not known as a soccer nation - prevented Uruguay making the main event. We heard that was devastating for the country. I can only conclude that this time around whatever it takes to advance the Uruguay cause

will be accepted.

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Kountzer

I am now paying attention to the world cup because it has been narrowed down to the final rounds. I had similar interest during the world cup a few years ago, the year France won it all, whenever that was. After it is over I will lose interest again until another world cup 4 years from now.

I've been hearing stories about cheating, corruption and or incompetence by the refs, etc. I have not had the time to look into these things.

Soccer is a crazy sport. It is even more insane that american football. They have riots, people getting killed in stampedes, they even had a war started by to soccer rivals.

All the more reason for me not to be interested. They don't score enough for my tastes. I am sure there is more strategy and skill involved than meets the untrained eye. Still, they run up and down the field, and the match can end in a 1 - 1 tie. Boring.

DB

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The following was sent to me on Facebook:

Ross Tucker July 2 at 6:02pm

I've just finished watching the most bizarre and extra-ordinary ending of a football match. Ghana missed a penalty with literally the final kick of the match in extra-time, and then proceeded to miss two more and Uruguay advance to the semi-finals.

Penalty shoot-outs are always dramatic. But the circumstances around tonight's were exceptional. A Uruguayan player deliberately handles the ball to prevent a goal being scored. A penalty is awarded, the player is shown a red card. All fair so far. Except the kick is missed, and Uruguay go on to win.

Jump to joyous Uruguayan celebrations, and who is the player being hoisted onto the shoulders of the Uruguay team? Not the goal-keeper or the man who kicked the winning penalty, but the player who committed a deliberate foul and is sent off for cheating.

It's an extra-ordinary picture of what football has become - a sport with not a shred of moral fiber, a sport where cheating pays, and where cheats are celebrated as icons. And it's not just Uruguay - it's Ronaldo, Robben, Drogba, Henry...

Tonight's match just provided a timely snapshot of a sport that is supposed to be the beautiful game, but is in fact the world's least moral and ethical sport. Cycling takes a lot of criticism for doping, but football doesn't merely condone cheating, it celebrates it. Disgraceful.

For more, a post on the site (which, incidentally, was written BEFORE the latest episode of "Cheating pays")http://www.sportsscientists.com/2010/07/football-worlds-most-immoral-sport.html

Ross

Not having seen the game I can't speak to it. But having watched many games from England through the years I have not seen this at all.

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