AMBITIOUS Boro’s early spectacular cash-fuelled rise came to a sticky end in a shameful story of sleazy match-fixing and dark political intrigue. The dynamic new power in the game, this Infant Hercules of a club, had already ruffled feathers in the old elite as they built the best new ground in the country, shattered the world transfer record and repeatedly crossed swords with the FA hierarchy over a cavalier approach to accountancy.
Deep in stoppage time Britt Assombalonga burst onto a neat dink over the top to get to the edge of the box. It was exactly the kind of golden chance you would expect the £15m one-in-two goal machine to gobble up. He lobbed the advancing keeper and the ball went through a teasing arc then by a fateful fraction it came down off the bar and while he reacted quickly he failed to turn the rebound home. Just seconds later Fulham were gifted a match-winning penalty.
When George Friend went down with a gashed shin against Sunderland it flagged up a flaw in the balance of the Boro squad. With semi-detached Fabio having jumped in his car and departed the Riverside before kick-off, Boro had no real cover at left-back. Marvin Johnson, who can play there, was already on the pitch having come on for Adama Traore but Martin Braithwaite, who had started on the left flank had been withdrawn.
@dannytaylor92 If you deliberately "go down" you are cheating. Whatever the mechanics of the situation. If you ARE fouled but dive then you are still cheating. But the point remains that pundits habitually condone it.
@dannytaylor92 That's not the point I'm making. The point I'm making is that pundits repeatedly say a player "has a RIGHT to go down". They don't. Week in, week out pundit come out with this phrase. It is normalising (and encouraging) cheating.
@dannytaylor92 The point is that pundits - ex-professionals - think "contact" gives players "the right" to dive,. That is the problem. They all condone cheating. They frame a narrative that it is admirable to con the ref.
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