Ahead of AC Milan’s clash with Arsenal on Tuesday night, Milan’s star player Kaka has spoken out about the talented and creative players in the game being constantly kicked by opponents in matches.
The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year decries foul play and cites himself as being constantly booted by opponents. Kaka says that the football authorities need to alter the rules if that can be done to change the situation and also calls for more strictness from the referees during matches.
We need to change this situation where talented players are getting kicked all the time. I am tired of being booted in Italy, for example.
It’s up to the referees to protect players who want to play football and I hope this happens sooner rather than later now we’ve seen a terrible injury like this [Eduardo’s leg break].
I was saddened by what happened to Eduardo and I wish him the quickest possible recovery.
What Kaka says is true but booting the best players in football matches have always been at the heart of the defensive tactics. After all, you only need to look at Diego Armando Maradona and observe how he was persistenly kicked by his opponents.
And now a touch of controversy. AC Milan have released a statement which reads:
It’s not only the systematic nature of the fouls which Kaka suffers and which referees seem to ignore, it’s the fact that it appears to this club that there is scientific planning behind them
It’s never the same player who makes two consecutive fouls against him in the same game — it’s always alternated between one opponent and one of his team-mates. It’s exactly as if there is a strategy behind it — as if you can see the preparation. That’s why the referees fail to spot enough of them.
Truly, they love conspiracies in Italy! Now what shall we call this type of booting behaviour? Systematic kicking? Nah…. Scientific booting? Maybe. You guys are welcome to throw in your own terms.