Franz Beckenbauer and Fifa call for more handshakes
Players should shake hands in the centre circle after games, a Fifa panel chaired by Franz Beckenbauer has said.
The idea comes from Task Force Football 2014, an expert group set up to improve sportsmanship and the game’s image.
The German legend said: “At full time I think it would be a better image, when leaving the pitch together and not refusing a handshake.”
The panel viewed footage of various incidents, such as Luis Suarez’s refusal to shake Patrice Evra’s hand.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is doomed to failure. How exactly would this work? After a match you’d get all the protagonists to meet at the centre circle for an organized handshake? Well what if your side just got spanked 5-0, would you really want to hang around? Also if opposition players fall out during the match they are even more likely to opt to not shake hands at the final whistle.
In all honesty why do we need such fake displays of respect? If someone wants to shake another players hand prior to a match then let him do so but why the need to make such a song and dance about it? The creation of a pre-match handshake ritual is a new one and the game managed perfectly well without it.