Thomas Frank Slams “Dark Arts” of Football After Newcastle Victory over Brentford
- Thomas Frank calls out the unsportsmanlike behavior of football players
- The Brentford manager was not happy with Newcastle’s pressure on Ivan Toney’s penalty kicks
- In today’s game, Frank believes that we need to be more conscious of sportsmanship
After Brentford’s defeat to Newcastle, Thomas Frank lamented the increasing prevalence of “dark arts” in football. His words came in the aftermath of the defeat when the Newcastle players tried to intimidate Ivan Toney before his two penalty kicks.
Frank commented on the situation:
“We need to think in general about sportsmanship in football. There’s too much of ‘we need to be aware of this’ in the game. Everyone needs to game manage, but we need to look into the dark arts of football and be aware of the sportsmanship.”
The Brentford manager was referring to the pressure that Kieran Trippier put on Nottingham Forest last month and what happened to Toney during his penalty kicks.
Thomas Frank was not pleased with the ‘dark arts’ that Newcastle tried to deploy on Saturday
Frank concluded by saying that it is time to reckoned with the unsportsmanlike behavior of players.
“We also on purpose were a bit more active towards the fourth official. We know that Newcastle have that strategy where Jason Tindall always speaks to the fourth official through the game so we just had to be aware of that.”
Ivan Toney faced pressure from opposition players as he attempted to take his spot kicks
Frank believes that it is high time to restore sportsmanship in today’s game.
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