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~ Contemporary issues in Football

Deviancy
Deviancy in football is very common, first of all Diving. This is a act of cheating most footballers chose to use when a tackle is made on them. The player will normally be either in the box or around it, to get a free kick or penalty, in an extreme case to get the offending challenger sent off or booked. This will set the team at an advantage. Players such as Christiano Ronaldo are notorious for there diving and football deviancy.
Next we have injury, some players will be told to target, or personally target an opposing player to inure them and give them an advantage.
Bribing the referee is also a well known sort of deviancy in football, this is where the team manager pays the referee to be biased toward their team.

The possessives of deviancy will be, as i said, setting the team at an advantage from a red or yellow card, or creating a chance which ma lead to scoring. This is why it is so commonly used in the sport. Any type of deviancy should aim put the team at an advantage.
The Negatives of deviancy is that some people may see it as outside the spirit of the game, and can cause a bad atmosphere during the game. The press and tabloids would say that players such as Christiano Ronaldo are role models, and are not setting a good example of the game by deviancy. It also affects the match officials, it can put them in a awkward position both in the FA and in the press.

Drugs
Drugs can be used in two ways by athletes, to boost their sporting ability e,g steroids, or for the ‘party lifestyle’, aka having fun. First of all, Rio Ferdinand was found guilty of missing a drugs test on the 23rd of September in 2003, later the investigation carried out and found that Rio Ferdinand was in possession of 29 bags of Marijuana in a staff locker. He was fined 50,000 pounds and banned for 8 months. Steroids in football isn't very common, but when it occurs it is classed as Deviancy, and is also punished with a ban and a fine.

The Possessive effects of drugs in football are slim, there is the physical advantage that the steroids and other high performance drugs can give a player, but there is also the hope that the tabloids and press will display the act of drugs in football in such a way that it will deter others, and hopefully put young footballers off the idea of drugs in football.
The Negatives, some people may see drugs in sport as outside the spirit of the game, and is obviously seen as cheating/ deviancy. Drugs that give the physical advantages are also seen as cheating because they give the user a unfair advantage against his opponents. There is the obvious health issue of drugs, it gives a long term negative health effect and can effect the player for life. Athletes such as Rio Ferdinand are seen as role models to young footballers, and the usage of drugs are setting a bad example to their fans.

Sexism
There has been a lot of recent news about sexism in sport. For example, Sean Massey a recent (at the the time) referee official, a lines-woman and made a correct decision to decide that the Liverpool player Fernando Torres was onside in a game against wolverhampton, there was discussion in the commentary box between Andy Grey and Richard Keys, Keys said ‘somebody better get down there and explain the offside rule to her’, and quickly Andy replied ‘a female linesman, women don’t know the offside rule’, and the conversation went on. Both And Grey and Richard Keys Denied these accusations despite the fact that it was caught on recording. This is just one example of sexism in sport, but is possibly the most publicized by the media. Sexism in sport is frowned on by many because it brings back the constitution of historical discrimination against women in the game that so many females and males love. It is a well known fact that women haven't always been accepted in sport as firmly as men have been, but that is starting to change. And people…