Wayne Rooney may or may not deserve the two match ban handed down by the FA for his outburst to a Sky TV camera at West Ham on Saturday. That depends on a variety of biased opinions, but the point now has to be raised as to the responsibility Sky must equally carry for such incidents. It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last because things are said and done in the heat of battle. It’s a situation which can very easily be avoided with a little bit of common sense.
Technology exists for live television to delay their coverage by a few seconds so that any unsavory incidents can be deleted. Talk back radio has been using a seven second delay button for years for that exact purpose. Sky has absolutely no reason for not doing the same in its live matches, indeed, they should be heavily fined for their neglect while the FA is just as guilty for not demanding it.
The only negative is that matches will run 7 or 10 seconds behind real time – big deal! Can anyone possibly complain about that unless they want to become super pedantic? It’s a simple solution which will avoid the lurid headlines that football can do without – and the tabloids love.
Granted, these incidents will never happen if players or anyone else behaved impeccably at all times but we’re not talking about robots here. Football is all about human passion which is an emotion that must never be removed from the game.
Will a ten second delay spoil watching a live game?