In this way, certain elements in a game other than the simple number of times the ball ended up in the net could come into the equation. For example, if a team drew 1-1, but missed a penalty and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, plus had many many more shots on goal than their opponents, they might be awarded a 2-1 win instead.
If a team had been beaten but had had some impossible-to-describe act of refereeing stupidity delivered upon them, a draw might have been the result awarded in that week's Tabla Moral. Often the adjustments were small and made only a slight change, say, to the goal difference, a side losing 1-2 instead of 1-3 if a goal had
As can be seen from the table printed below, however, league positions could be affected, although for in the notable cases of teams such as Douglas Haig and Deportivo Morón, it may also have been something to do with carrying offensive club names.
As it is extremely easy to be dispassionate and objective in modern football, Down The Kippax Steps has taken it upon itself to resurrect this fine Argentinian tradition in our modern and -some might say- troublingly immoral football times.
Where handshakes and honesty are thin on the ground, where every outstretched leg is an invitation to throw yourself into the air, where every decisive blow on the referee's whistle is a call to arms for pedants and naysayers all over the pitch, we seek to define those that are doing it the right way.
|Sólo Fútbol with its tabla moral (bottom left corner).|
Instead they will be able to see any wrongs put right. The moral table will readdress the imbalance between the cheats and the triers, the men who got lucky and the men who deserve more than they got.
Naturally, there will be no arguments and no fights will break out. This is a dignified and cultured forum, where voices are seldom raised and laughter at yet another miscued pass from Tom Cleverley/Theo Walcott/Daley Blind/John Terry or Jordan Henderson (delete as appropriate) will not be heard.
Nobody will write to the author threatening to dangle his limp morals from the nearest church steeple and a new dawn of balance and integrity for professional football will be pursued and celebrated.
Dignity, hard work, fair play and striving to win in the old, uncluttered way will once again get its rewards. It may be that often the moral table reflects only a small and insignificant change such as in the graphic below, but it may also become an instrument that - over the course of an entire season - reflects a slightly different picture. We shall see.
|Chaco For Ever gain a point from Esudiantes thanks to their fervent name and an incorrectly awarded penalty|
|But were they moral campeon too?|
And at the end of it all, we will have our Moral Champions.