First thing I want to say is I LOVE SOCCER! My son played competitively during his youth and I’ve been a fan since he got started.
Watching the English Premier League has had me pissed off many of times. You have players who commit blatant fouls that aren’t called by the referee, although the smirk and gestures of the offending player show purposeful intent. Then there are those players who fall flat out on the pitch, kicking and screaming after the most delicate push, making it convincing enough for the referee to book the other player. The inconsistency in calls creates a good bit of tension amongst players and the remainder of the match looks like a hockey game. I bet if these guys were mic’d up we’d hear “Get stuffed!” most of the game.
This is just my untrained TV linesman analysis, which admittedly is a little bias at times but I don’t think too many fans would dissent from my assessment. Either way, I’ll be sitting snug on my sofa tomorrow watching the Liverpool v. Manchester United match.