Sporting Mutinies Smack Of Childishness

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Cricket, Football
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The big talking point of this week (besides the Champions League) has been that of sporting mutiny, with a number of players refusing to play for their respective clubs.

Both football and cricket have been struck by this, with Leicestershire suffering a player strike and a number of football clubs having their plans disrupted by unruly players.

Now the cricket situation seems far more understandable, as this has been in protest over the actions of Chairman Neil Davidson.

Davidson has been critical of coach, Tim Boon and former England seamer, Matthew Hoggard, with the team unhappy at his repeated involvements in the team selection at the cricket club.

Whilst this is not considered the norm, it is not an unthinkable action by Davidson. After all, he is bank rolling their salaries, so if he does have dissatisfaction with the performance of the team, he has the right to become involved.

In other sports, this would have seen the dismissal of the coach and a rash change of playing staff, with perhaps a number of the players culled from the roster.

Davidson has the right to be critical of people if his money is not being rewarded with the effort he desires.

This strike on the boundary rope does not seem the appropriate action when a simple ‘clear-the-air’ meeting could have solved these problems in a less dramatic way.

Davidson is after all paying them currently to play a sport they love, more than most Brits are able to accomplish.

This applies to football as well, where numerous players have been withdrawn from the match-day squads because ‘they are not mentally right’.

Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano and Asmir Begovic of Stoke City have both been guilty of this in the past week, with the name of Charles N’Zogbia of Wigan Athletic added to that list if you go back to the start of the season.

It is not a terminology I have ever quite understood. How can you not be mentally right to run around and occasionally lump a piece of leather goalwards?

Whilst it is easy to reduce a sport to its basics to make a point, one does not have to be wholly committed to a club to be able to muster a competent performance on the pitch.

You would think, that with the amount of money they are being paid for a job that millions of people the world over would kill for, they would have enough pride and loyalty to provide an adequate service for their club.

Players such as Peter Lovenkrands of Newcastle have played a matter of days after a parent has died. Lovenkrands actually scored that game, proving his mental grief was no burden on his footballing abilities.

It’s yet further proof that footballers are over-pampered and that player-power is a seemingly unstoppable force.

Either way, players need to grow up and realise that they are in a very privileged position. For all their money and their lifestyle, managing to play a sport that they love despite wanting to be elsewhere shouldn’t be too hard a task.


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