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  1. #1 World Cup Fakery 
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    Football in general, not just WC, although much more heightened when on the world stage. Players faking injury or being fouled is an obvious attempt to influence a referee's decision, either to benefit your team or hurt the other team's chances. It is about as good as it gets if you're talking behavior and psychology. I find it at times upsetting and yet compelling to see one mind basically challenging the other. It's a fabulous mind game going on within a physical match. What should an official be looking for in a player's action or reaction on the field that is a dead giveaway that there is some mental chicanery going on? Is there a solution to stopping the practice?


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    "Psyching" your opponent is a legitimate part of the game. I don't see it as a problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealeaf View Post
    "Psyching" your opponent is a legitimate part of the game. I don't see it as a problem.
    Neither do I but the ref is a different story. Crowd intimidation and fear of reprisal may be a couple of motivating factors plus the referees are trying to impress their bosses too and the thoughts of demotion or release may also play into their decision making. All these things come to bear inside of a few seconds on the pitch. Possibly players sense this trepidation and add to the referee's stress by play acting. Even play acting by itself is an interesting behavior. Do we play act to gain attention, influence or hide our own inadequacies?
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