|Strait Times Saturday 18/12/2010|
It is hard to say that no team is this world has no disciplinary problems, but it is how the team handle it. By imposing a fine of a few hundreds dollar does not solve the problem. There is a saying that "a problem that can be solved by money, is not a problem". Then how useful would the fine be?
If the player doesn't learn, by dropping that player, at least the team learns. Being a footballer at national level, you are a role model to every soccer player in that country. Even in Singapore, national players have their fans, they have younger players looking up at them. Though the number may be small, it is still a number.
But, we are all humans. Which man dares to say he never makes mistake? Who in this world has never done anything wrong? Making mistake is not the worst mistake, but not learning from your mistake, it would be the biggest mistake made. There is no one perfect in this world, but it is how close to perfect can you be.
I hope that the players would learn from their mistake, grow up and never make the same mistake again. If they do, I guess they do not deserve any sympathy from us... And I believe that no fans would disagree to the dropping of players, even if they are star players.
---“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn
---“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” Roy L. Smith