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Cynicism will see football paying penalty

THE beautiful game has been ugly for a long time. A serious injury like Neymar's was inevitable.

It is the only profession where to call an act 'professional' is an insult: cynical, often dangerous behaviour designed to gain an advantage through cheating.

Cheating is now the dominant ethos in football. Every corner or near-goal free kick is accompanied by widespread, unpunished off-the-ball fouls.

Unless players can be made to respect rules, unless fouls and deception become the exception not the norm, then football contains seeds of its own destruction.


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