Glen Johnson’s tackle was worse than Vincent Kompany’s challenge
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray on why debate is still such an important part of modern-day football
The Glen Johnson tackle, in my opinion, was worse than the Vincent Kompany tackle against Nani that earned him a red card, even though the Liverpool defender didn’t even get a foul given against him.
I know Glen won the ball and I know he didn’t make contact with the player – but he did all the things you shouldn’t do if you don’t want to get sent off.
He left the ground, he was airborne and out of control, it was two-footed and it was potentially dangerous. He won the ball, of course, but it was a classic example of a two-footed and dangerous tackle.
The fact that he didn’t make contact with Joleon Lescott has convinced the referee to not bring him up on it and that sort of benefit of the doubt is not something that Kompany got.
We can analyse both incidents – and for someone who has done it for 20 years I know what that it is like. But the one thing we must not do is let this game get so clinically correct that there are no debates.
Opinion is what keeps this game going. If we didn’t have opinion then this game wouldn’t be any different to any other – and that is something we must avoid.
Football is not black or white – it is not like tennis, cricket or any other sport ““ it has debate, it has opinion and that is what makes it great.
Yes, we want consistency from referees but we have to be careful that we don’t lose what makes this game great. We can’t analyse every incident to the nth degree, so I would warn against overusing or getting carried away with cameras.
I do think that the game would benefit from goal-line technology because whether there is a goal or not is obviously very important.
But for tackles and for challenges, leave it to the referee.
If he gets it wrong we should just accept it and move on. We can debate it and offer our own opinion but the referees are there for a reason.
The game is all about debate and opinion and even referees have different interpretations, so let them get on with it.
I don’t want these two incidents to make us question every event because if we do, that’ll be when we lose what the game of football is all about.