In rugby the punishments are severe and it is infact the refs who dish it out, not some panel retrospectively. This makes the ref's decision final and the players respect him. And you hardly see a rugby ref being crowded after a controversial decision. We could learn so much from rugby.
I also like sin-binning. No player would want to let their team down by being absent for any amount of time.
Back 10m for dissent is a pretty good deterrent as well.
I reckon they should get banned for a couple of games, that will soon teach them *cough* Joey Barton *cough*
Football punishments are too soft and the authorities love to distract themselves with trivial matters. This simply has to change.
It would be interesting to watch if refs suddenly did toughen up without warning. I wonder how long it would take to sink in, and how many cards would result in the meantime.
Some of the offences are laughable really.
Removing shirt - yellow card. Pathetic.
I think players who referees deem to have dived should get a straight red card. And instances where the referee has missed it during the game can be looked over by a panel, and the player banned for 5 matches and heavily fined afterwards.
It'll never happen, which is a huge shame.
Wayne Rooney is the most overrated player in the world. Hasn't done anything consistently to justify what some people think of him. So many people seem to **** off Lampard that he isn't really overrated...why **** off England's 2nd best midfielder? Why? What does it achieve. Everyone was crap in the World Cup. Downing overrated (1 good season) and Hargreaves too as everyone seems to love him all of a sudden. Jenas always seems to make the squad, duno why....
Just read some of the posts...omg i don't know why some of you even post. How the hell is Gerrard overrated? He is probably the most consistent player on the planet. England football-wise is a joke. Blaming Ronaldo for Rooney being sent off, moaning at Lampard as if he's the worst player in the world, changing opinions of Hargreaves when the original ones weren't justified and neither is his new tag of him being class, and everyone is biased against other Prem teams' players. Lampard is consistent, he just had a bad WC. So did Ronaldinho. So did the whole England team. The best team we beat was Ecuador. I'm just fed up with being English 2bh!
Since the WC dude? I haven't seen him play for Bayern atall and I doubt many people have, and England have played what 2 matches? Yer Jenas gets in instead of Barry, Barton, Nolan, Parker(usually)...grrrrrrr
Perhaps yellow cards for shirt removal are refs' way of getting back at players who probably have, at some point, indulged in crowding the ref or diving. They're a bit of a rubbish sanction in any case.
fifas idea to ban teams and national sides from competitions if fans/players etc. use racist language is a good idea in theory but will it be used? Arguments against it could be that if the fans are the problem, then the players will lose out on europe/international. So the punishment should fit the crime - in that instance all home games should be played behind closed doors. Repeated instances away from home as well should mean a playing ban.
Spains punishment for racist chanting is a joke. Something like $9000 fine for fans targeting Eto'o just isnt enough and all it affects is the club, not the section of fans.