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Nothing Will Change With Premier League's Get On With The Game Campaign

get on with the game logo Nothing Will Change With Premier League's Get On With The Game CampaignOn Tuesday afternoon, the Premier League rolled out a massive new program entitled “Get On With The Game” that brought players, managers, chairmen and referees together to agree on common goals for the new season: to bring order back to the league and get on with the game.

The Premier League’s PR machine was in high gear as three separate events in England launched the campaign, which were also televised live on Sky Sports. Quite comical were proclamations by John Terry and Gary Neville that they would bring order back to the league and their clubs. Both of these captains have had notable fiery skirmishes with referees in the past.

Despite the good intentions of the campaign, the event is no more than a horse and pony show. Once the league kicks off and the pressure of winning matches boils, the “Get On With The Game” pledges made by clubs and players will be thrown out the window.

Let’s see how long it takes before we see players and managers overstep their boundaries and direct their rage at referees and opposing players.

You have to wonder how much of the “Get On With The Game” campaign is simply a PR exercise to show what the Premier League is doing to repair the tarnished image of what goes on the pitch. The campaign makes the Premier League look good and paints the picture that the league is actually doing something to fix the problems.

If you were in charge of the Premier League, what would you have done differently to ensure that disgraceful incidents on the pitch don’t happen again this season?

To learn more about the “Get On With The Game” campaign, visit the Premier League’s website.

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3 Responses to Nothing Will Change With Premier League's Get On With The Game Campaign

  1. SpursFan says:

    I think they should take after baseball. You are allowed to argue with the umpire up to a certain point, but if you direct cursing AT the umpire, and repeatedly argue or just generally cross the line, you are ejected from the game immediately. In baseball, when a player is ejected, the team is allowed to replace said player with a substitute, however. In soccer, obviously if you are red-carded your team is down a man. Thus, I am in full support of giving a player a yellow card for stepping accross the line the first time, and if he does it again, he should see red. If referees actually stick to their guns and give cards for excessive arguing and players start seeing red cards, the conduct WILL change. It’s a matter of the referees being willing to send a man off for it, and sticking to it consistently. Once the consequences become clear to players, they will learn to shut their mouths. Other professional players manage it just fine.

  2. Lonnie says:

    There are some important initiatives that are being tried and I think you should have mentioned them a bit more. For example, the banning of TV monitors from the sidelines could make a big difference. We should see less of the 4th official being harangued by managers who’ve seen something they disagree with on a replay. In theory of course ! :)

  3. Weston says:

    SF thats exactly what I was going to mention – I would like to see taht sort of mentality applied to EPL matches. In MLB you can argue certain things in certain ways, but if you come out and argue balls and strikes, you WILL be tossed, its just the way it is and everyone knows and accepts it.

    It needs to be that way in football, if six players surround the ref and scream in his ear for ten minutes, cards should be flying left and right. It needs to be understood that there is a line, and that line will hopefully be defined early on this season.

    After a couple of early-season red cards we might see players start to relax.

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