overseas gamesmanship has infected our sport

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Its just the cheating and gamesmanship for me - that's been imported from countries where its: win at all costs and cheating is allowed - condoned even. Its bad enough people dive for penalties, mind you in my day - Franny Lee was renowned for that too. Far worse, its the diving and feigning injury that really upsets me,i.e. trying to get your fellow sportsman and professional sent off - that simply disgusts me and I will never accept it. When I was playing the game, I'd never dream for an instant of running into the penalty box and falling over to fool a referee. Thats become a science now, an art form even and, it is conveniently overlooked, tacitly condoned by all the pundits especially if, you care to watch the premier league. They call it 'simulation' - I call it cheating - done by low life cowards who have few morals and, have never grasped the concept of sportsmanship.

Definitely, One of the sadder aspect of the modern game imported from oversea I believe along with all the wonderful talent they undoubtedly possess too -its a real shame .
 
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I think it's massively been exacerbated by the introduction of VAR in the PL.

It's nothing new that players from overseas make more of a meal of things than our homegrown players, I vaguely remember our game in the Anglo Italian cup and even as a child couldn't belive the antics of some of the players on show.

With the introduction of VAR players know now that if it looks like a decision on slow-motion they are going to get it, the slightest touch and they are going down because they know that once it's watched back the officials have no choice.

I've lost all interest in top-flight football really since the introduction of VAR and I've always been the type to watch any game I can find! It will be the death of the game as we know it for sure and I'm not overly sure I like where it is heading.
 
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I thought the object of the game was to score goals and provide entertainment. The human error affected all clubs and yes. some goals were given that were offside BUT, it all tended to even itself out. Now I regularly see goals disallowed for somebodies elbow or foreskin being offside - VAR has been an unmitigated disaster to my eyes, denying entertainment - stopping celebration , stopping goals and the sheer pleasure of what was a fallible but loveable sport