Footballers must be aware of their language on the pitch during World Cup 2010. The England team striker will have to be extra careful as he is infamous for his swearing in English Premier League games. Indeed, this is not the first time officials will be looking out for bad mouth footballers. Wayne Rooney was sent off during a friendly game against another local South African football club.
The referees in the last England Vs USA game were astute to any swearing in English. The Brazilian referees were given crash courses on the use of profanity in English before the game in order to keep potty mouth players under control. We all know that it is common for football players to swear, so referees will only be penalising footballers that go above and beyond in their swearing, which Wayne Rooney is the likely candidate. All World Cup referees have been given directions to book any players who swear at them and if appropriate, they will send the player off the pitch. There were also rumours that FIFA had sent a list of English swear words to world cup referees for quick reference.
Most people will acknowledge that Wayne Rooney is a fantastic player because of his fiery temper. Steven Gerrard, the England team captain said that Rooney is always on the edge and that is just the type of player Rooney is. Rooney is said to be inclined to listen to Gerrard due to their similar origin from Liverpool Football Club. Gerrard’s role as the team captain will be absolutely vital in keeping Rooney focused on the pitch and to keep communicating with the fiery tempered striker.
Rooney will have to be on guard and not slip his tongue during the World Cup playoffs. In fact, during the England Vs USA game, Rooney seemed to have kept his use of colourful language to a minimum even though he still showed a fiery facial expression to the referee when he was tackled by the opponent. This is certainly a good start and hopefully he will keep at it.
As stated before, most football players tend to swear during the game, be it in English or any other language. However, as the English Premier League is the most broadcasted football league in the world, English players’ conduct has been under close observations by many officials. With English language firmly established as the international lingua, the English swear words have also become widely used by many people to a point even those who do not speak the language can swear in English. A good example is the F-word being one of the most well known English words around the world, be it in Asia or Africa. This is not surprising at all when Hollywood movies usually feature a few F-words in their dialogue. The F-word has also taken on a cool image amongst the younger generation.
That said, there is still a way around this problem for Wayne Rooney, or for all English speaking football players for that matter. If you are going to swear, just make sure you choose a different language other than English.