jesteravatar100×100.pngWe, sports fans, are having our experience of watching our teams play spoiled by cheating. This site is dedicated to changing the way sport is played, making sport more honest in this professional era.

Link 1. sign the petition against cheating in sports

Link 2. a form letter to the FA



– midnightjester

If you care about the way sport is played; if you care about the values kids learn from watching cheats prosper; or about our most public display of ethics and principles in society today then please, please, PLEASE: SIGN THE PETITION AND SEND A LETTER. It will take 6 minutes, tops (I timed it).

This can only be done through pressure on associations, sponsors, teams, players and the way the media reports it. But only if we care enough to make them change.If we are willing to spend around 2 hours a week, in some cases more, on watching our games and supporting teams doesn’t it make sense to take an hour a week to force a change. Ultimately sport and our support of it is used to sell us stuff.

If the sponsors believe we won’t support cheats and will boycott products connected with them, they will not sponsor those players. If the associations, teams and players start to believe they will lose sponsorship they will stop cheating.

Who is with me?

I am starting on football, specifically the English premier League, but you don’t have to be a football supporter to sign the petitions page or boycott sponsors of cheats, just a sports fan.

Things to do:

(1) sign the petitions page

(2) email the FA (‘send a letter’ page)

(3) email barclays, sponsor of the Premier League (‘send a letter’ page)

(4) tell everyone you know who is sick of cheating to do (1), (2) and (3).

(5) boycott products that back cheats (sponsors wall of shame)

(6) write to those sponsors telling them of your boycott.

(7) link to us from your weblog, write about cheating, increase the pressure!

(8) spend 15 minutes a week sending more emails to sponsors and the FA.

sportscheat’s correspondence with the FA

sportscheat’s correspondence with FIFA

sportscheat’s correspondence with the media

sportscheat’s correspondence with the Premiership clubs

sportscheat’s correspondence with sponsors (not up yet)

contact with news sites, fan sites and weblogs


30 Responses to “0. start here”

  1. Steve Best Says:

    I too have had my concerns re: cheating for several years now but after watching the Spurs v Arsenal CCSF, and Spurs v Man Utd PL matches recently I am now convinced that Football is totally corrupt.

    It is blatantly clear that the ‘men in blazers’ who control the game ‘engineer’ the results to suit the clubs in which they have a vested interest. The game at the Emirates Stadium was not won by superb footballing skills but with strange refereeing decisions given against the visiting side, causing a reluctance to tackle or challenge opponents for fear of Red cards, the card count for and against proof positive (Spurs 5 Arsenal 1), so we move on to Sundays match against Man Utd, once again strange refereeing decisions, frustration building through the home team after watching the away team being dealt with leniently for crashing challenges, (how Paul Scholes remained on the pitch, let alone won MotM god only knows), then to cap it all having a penalty awarded for an obvious dive, and we have to remember that the same ref ‘missed’ a goal at Old Trafford, is enough to destroy any teams resolve. We see it week in week out, you could substitute any club for Spurs.

    Any my point here is that the modern game is now a farce with 2 Clubs having a total dominance of the Premier League, these being Man Utd and Arsenal, and the title was deemed to be Man Utds way back in September, Arsenal having moved into a new stadium and requesting a little time to ‘bed it in’, sorry Chelsea but I don’t think you will win the title or the Carling Cup because you are a maverick club which sits uncomfortably within the Premier League structure, you don’t belong to the G14 group and with Roman Abramovich you don’t have to pander to the media moguls, proof of this being the Spurs v Chelsea match which saw some ‘dodgy’ decisions awarded in favour of the home club. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this years FA cup final is between Man Utd and Arsenal.

    I could cite further examples, Arsenal v Wigan etc.

    So to sum up, time now for a big shake up in football, with the G14 clubs forming a European superleague, with no relegation, (no way back) The rest of the clubs regrouping as a British league to include Scotland, revert back to leagues 1,2,3 and 4. The management structure to be ‘headed up’ by an independent business group made up of individuals possibly from outside the sport, and a complete overhaul of the match officials, they need to be efficient, unbiased and independent, (if only we could clone Collina).

    Theoretically this structure should improve the national teams and eventually return the game to the masses, which should hopefully remove the cynicism coursing through the game, and eventually result in the G14 clubs being a stand alone unit with only the Media cash to support it, perhaps they could pipe in the sounds of cheering crowds?

    Would we miss them?

  2. The most powerful lobby is, in fact, the sponsors. Let them believe their brands will be hurt and they will force change. Or withdraw sponsorship and that will force change.

    All about the money!

  3. Sir Toby Says:

    As a Tottenham Fan I was obviously very dissapointed with what happened in the game against Manchester United, where Ronaldo dived to win a penalty kick, which to a large extent changed the game.

    What shocked me even further was that in the aftermatch of the game, nothing was said from FA or Manchester United about the incident. Instead the focus was on how Tottenham had shown the replay of the incident in the halftime. Tottenham risk and probably will be given fines for showing that Ronaldo dived, Ronaldo however doesn’t risk any fines for actually diving and cheating. In my world that is very strange priorities.

  4. Skins Says:

    What annoys me most about this is that the FA (or whoever) could sort this out in about 3 weeks (and crowding the ref, swearing at the ref etc) as long as they make the punishments harsh enough.

    Imagine a law that if you run up to the ref to complain about a decision you get a straight red teams would stop doing it within two games! How simple is that?

  5. Jeffer Says:

    I agree with everything that is said but there’s far more than the usual suspects who are diving (Ronaldo, henry etc). Worst dive of the season so far…??? Didier Zokora by a country mile.

  6. Mark Whittamore Says:

    Zokora of Tottenham Hotspurs falls about the place. He cheated Portsmouth out of a penalty, in the game at White Hart Lane 2006/7.

  7. Hey Jeffer,

    Absolutely true, and he doesn’t even cheat well, so sad. I wanted to see Zokora sanctioned for that. As soon as someone sends me a link to a news report confirming the game and what happened I will put it up: name and shame!

    Otherwise I am only putting up things I see from Feb onwards (and they will be Spurs games).

    Thanks for your input, who do you support?


  8. Hi Mark

    Can you get me a link to a story and the month, I don’t need an exact date (I don’t have time to retro research). You will notice on the right of the page, further down, Zokora is already listed as a cheat, I felt it necessary so people could see I wasn’t just trying to dis other teams. (Spurs supporter).


  9. Jeffer Says:

    Here’s more than just an article. Here’s a clip of the incident

    P.S. Man U fan (not a new one – one from the 80s and the disasterous Ron Atkinson days)

  10. Hey Jeffer,

    Nice to see your team come good eh? One day… Spurs. One day.


  11. Francis Says:

    I agree with Ronaldo cheating, all he does is showboating and that should be banned, we need proper football like in the old days when they were not wusssies like they are these days.

  12. Francis Says:

    I also think a reason they cheat is so they get payed, players these days get payed too much when there money can go to people that really need it like charities, instead of overpaying football players so they end up cheating and fouling to get there money because they are greedy buggers who just think about money and fame. Even if they do get all that money they should do what Bill Gates does and donate money to cancer research so less people will die, because they can use the money to put more research into the cure so they will find it quicker.

  13. James Says:

    i agree with the comment on christiano ronaldo diving, like he did in the man.u vs boro match earlier this season, which i think resulted in winning penalty. completely ruined the game. i am an arsenal supporter and i even admit that there have been a few occasions where i have wished that certain players had not dived, like in the champions league final last year, where emmanuel eboue dived and won a free kick which arsenal scored from, i personally think diving should b a straight red, along with abuse to the referee.

  14. nick gale Says:

    I agree with what james and franny said before me i am a chelsea supporter and think D Drogba has ben know to dive in the past.We do have some players that you will never see dive who deserve a mention like wayne rooney and john terry who look like they just want to play foorball and want to stay on there feet unless physically forced.Like james said on dive could mean the difference between winning and loosing.

  15. nick gale Says:

    I also agree with new technology being broughtin to help referes who often make the wrong choice which can make and ruin a season.

  16. Birmingham City Fan Says:

    I totally agree that cheats should be kicked out of the game. Personally – as an impartial viewer – I would start with Jermain Defoe who was AT LEAST 4 steps into the penalty area when the penalty against Reading was taken on saturday. Second would be Berbatov who despite being clearly world class physically threw the Reading centre back (Ingimarsson ?) to the ground on his way to the 6th Spurs goal

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  18. pr smith Says:

    Did you know that in Germany, I believe, they are testing a new anti cheating system. Whenever there is a dispute, and th eref might have not seen something, the ref asks the player e.g. ‘did you handle the ball?’ Depending on what the player says, the ref then decides. If after the game, video evidence proves th eplayer to have cheated, he is then suspended.

    I totally support sports cheat campaign to change attititudes towards cheating. I am looking for new stories on sportsmanship to add to my blog and book called Great Moments Of Sportsmanship ( with a view to gettign sportsmanship back on the agenda of kids, coaches and commentators.

  19. PR Smith Says:

    Agree with stopping the cheats, but all is not lost – there are many decent footballers out there – I’ve included stories form Acrington Stanley, QPR, Leicester City, WestHam, Iran, Brazil, England… see

    We need to get the word ‘sportsmanship’ back on the agenda of kids, coaches and commentators. When I tell school kids about some of the great sportsmanship stories they are mesmerised. They love it. It taps into something buried deep inside us all. They just don’t know about it. Many of them never heard the word before! Let’s exhange links.

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