diablo wrote:To be honest I haven't watched European football for years and only occasionally Premier League..why?..boring possession football , players diving at a whim , feigning injury , wasting time , trying to get your opponents booked or sent off ( the worst sort of bad sportsmanship in my opinion), arguing at every decision the ref makes , when lightly touched or pushed they go down as if Mike Tyson had hit them , then a minute later they are sprinting around ...a lot of this basically childish behaviour originated from Europe and beyond and has worked its way down the divisions here and has completely changed and ruined the game plus there is far too much money being splashed around at the top level.
My thoughts exactly. Stopped watching Premier League many years ago for the reasons you state. It was driving me bonkers watching grown men behaving like that. Premier League brought many good players to our game, but definitely brought diving and cheating. Even at our level you see players pleading that opponents should be booked and sent off. Proper tackling is outlawed, some players are even heard to scream when tackled these days. It drives me mad.
Another reason I stopped watching was when most Premier League teams had little or no home grown players. I would find it very difficult to identify with supporting such a club.
Stopped watching European football when knock out competitions became leagues. It does emphasise how good Florest most have been to win cup two years running though.
Stopped watching England in 2010 when our players did not look interested.
Cancelled BT Sport this year when I realised I only watch Moto GP and Conference matches on there. Pay for a Moto GP pass now to watch.
Can’t help thinking that this latest European League idea is merely a lever for the so called top clubs to extort even more cash from the pot.
I made sound grumpy to some, but will continue to support my home town club as I have done for 44 years.