Anger in sport: Major reason for some defeat

in Sports Talk Social4 months ago

What is Anger?
Anger can be defined as a feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or antagonism. Anger is a natural emotion that comes as a result of the wrongdoing of someone.

Anger could be considered as wrath or rage. It is an emotional state that comes out of an uncomfortable situation

So, many of us have heard about the defeat of Man United by Tottenham, but then, what amuses me was the incident that took place in the field between the two team members Erik Lamela and Anthony Martial which caused the flagging of one of them.

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Martial was set off with a red card because he could not control his anger by retaliating after Erik Lamela struck him.

This single action of Martial, lead to Manchester United losing the game. Manchester United was already behind when Martial was sent off by the referee for slapping Erik Lamela for striking him.

It is so unfortunate to know that most players are unable to control their anger problem when in the field and because of these issues, they end up stabilizing their team members which leads to their club losing in a game.

This not only made the club fail but also, their fans were disappointed in the club including their coach who admonished Martial for striking back the lad which caused their failure.

Many footballers have lost their spotlight as a result of not being able to control their anger on the field but then, it isn't wrong to get angry, what is wrong is how we display our anger.

Martial was sent off by Anthony Taylor after grabbing Erik Lamela's neck and slapping him which sent Lamela down on the ground clutching his face.

It was the first- half against Tottenham when Anthony Martial was sent off and this caused their failure .

Although the issue started as Lamela was first to attack Martial by elbowing him but the fact still remains that Martial retaliated in the wrong way. He should have allowed VAR to make decisions by giving penalty to Lamela for striking him but because he couldn't control his anger, he took the law into his hands and watched him and the team go down.

He paid the price of not being able to control his anger by being sent off by the referre and his team loosing the game.


Lamela should have been carded for his reaction as it was a love tap. This was not anger as this was a set up and Martial was too stupid and fell into the trap. Play acting has no place in sport and examples need to be made. Other sports like rugby which you don't have play acting has an automatic red card for a punch only if it lands, a slap just doesn't happen which this wasn't and was a love tap. I do believe Martial sending off would not have changed the result as Man Utd this year are in trouble having no quality or very little. Expect to see them finish outside the top 10 this season as last year they over achieved and haven't exactly bought anyone decent in the transfer window.

Lamela was given a yellow card later on in the match but I guess it was done by the VAR crew. Martial surprised me though to have over reacted that way. Thank you for your deep analysis. And for @evegrace she nailed it. Keep it up.

Thank you @voclab for taking out time to read and comment.

Well, you are right. It is obvious that what happened was a set up but if Martial had not over reacted which was caused by anger VAR wouldn't have sent him off. The opposing team knew that Martial in the pitch had a big effect on the team and had to look for a way to distract the team and they succeeded. Thank you for taking out time to read and comment. @crpytoandcoffee