With the new Premier League season only one week in, and with it the inclusion of long awaited, state-of-the-art goal line technology, news that football's governing body has decided to scrap its plans of introducing the Monkey-Rush rule, has met with fierce criticism from kids in parks and playgrounds up and down the country.
"I think it's a real shame that the FA has failed yet again to see what's really going on at grass roots level in what is undoubtedly the nation's favourite sport," said nine and a half year old Joey Smarton from his front green in Rainham. He went on to say that "the Monkey-Rush rule is hugely popular in the non-professional game, as is the basic 'Rush-Goalie' and the 'you-kicked-it-over-you-go-and-get-it' rule." I think the FA is certainly missing a trick here, as having the rule would mean there'd be no offside, therefore no more controversy over any dodgy decisions, and in turn would bring about goal-hanging, which we all know would mean more goals!"
The FA, however, was quick to hit back at suggestions that the decision not to push forward with the popular kids' rule was one of a 'PC' nature but rather that of a "purely financial reason," and has promised a full review of grass roots game saying, "We've every intention of keeping an eye on what young boys are doing in the playing fields and recreation grounds around the country and are currently looking at ways as to how best we go about gathering this information."
Unfortunately Master Smarton was unable to comment further on the FA's retort as his mum had called him in for his tea.