Reo-Coker’s Controversial Slide Tackle

Posted on April 6, 2013 by


First, watch the tackle here:

Now the question is, is that tackle clean or malicious? When watching it in normal speed, it appears to be a definite foul, no doubt about it. In slow motion, it still looks dirty but at the same time Reo-Coker looks to initially make contact with the ball. Truly, this is a very controversial tackle either way.

In my opinion, I honestly think Reo-Coker should have been sent off for this tackle. I hate to say it, but it’s the truth, it was very dangerous and worth of a red card, ball contact or not.

FIFA states that:

“Any player who lunges at an opponent when challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or
from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent, is guilty of serious foul play” [1]

This meaning that Reo-Coker’s tackle did indeed warrant a sending off. The tackle was definitely done with excessive force, and fits into all of those categories. I don’t know what referee Bazakos saw in that tackle that convinced him that it was clean. Maybe it was the angle at which he was standing? Who knows, but in the end, as much as I don’t want to say it, I think Reo-Coker’s tackle was worthy of a sending off.

It is all a matter of opinion though, so let us know what you think. Share your opinions with us on twitter and in the comments section. Don’t forget to vote in the poll below:



[1] – FIFA. Law 12. Used on April 8th.