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The Players Who Get Away With Everything

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
As any follower of my posts will know; there's a certain cynicism about my view on football but it hasn't been stimulated by Manchester United's failings over the last few seasons nor any other genuine football reason – it's almost wholly down to the ludicrously irritating players in the Premier League who get away with utterly anything and are still hailed as class acts:

David Luiz

Sideshow Bob's biggest fan rejoined Chelsea after a stint in Paris costing PSG around £50 million in the end. Superb business on Chelsea' part; they secured double their initial investment on the player and got him out of the country before fans, like myself, truly lost their temper with his antics.

Not only can David Luiz obviously not play football to the level expected of a Brazilian international; he doesn't even have a position that he is capable of sticking to. Is he a defensive midfielder, centre back, reckless attacker? We just don't know.

All we do know is that Luiz cost Chelsea £30 million to come back to Stamford Bridge and that he once performed the most theatrical dive of all time, feigned injury and was seen smirking on the ground as Rafael was shown red for reacting to Luiz's maliciously swung elbow.

Gareth Barry

Has anyone actually paid attention to Gareth Barry's antics these days? Clearly, the referees haven't as the clumsy, ageing midfielder is only useful for causing harm to his opponents and, usually, getting away with it!

For a player once spoken of in the same manner as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard; Barry has turned into a miserable old man who seems to enjoy nothing more than stamping his physicality on his opposite number or anyone else who will come near him.

The punishment? For the entirety of last season, Barry collected seven yellows and two red cards when he probably deserved twice as many of each, if not more. This season Barry has collected six yellow cards and all came before mid-December – have the ref's forgotten he exists or something!?

Diego Costa

Oh, come on. He's a ticking time bomb and is going to seriously hurt someone before long; if he hasn't already.

Lewis Dunk

Some may not be familiar with Brighton's 25-year-old defender but if you type his name into YouTube you'll soon see why he's on this list.

A seriously nasty piece of work most of the time, Dunk is actually quite an able defender when he isn't under the influence of the Red Mist. He often chips in with goals for his side and has been integral to Brighton's promotion push this season despite deserving a lot of time on the sidelines through suspension.

Dunk has picked up eleven yellows and one red in 29 appearances this season but has deserved much stiffer punishments for his antics – he averages 1.1 serious fouls per game for god's sake!

The worst part about Lewis Dunk? He once tackled all round nice guy Billy Sharp so badly that it caused the striker ankle ligament damage and Dunk walked away from the challenge laughing.

I can't find a video of the tackle but I can assure you that it is horrific and should've seen Dunk suspended for a very, VERY long time.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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