Since the A-League season began we’ve witnessed an alarming amount of dangerous and cynical tackles.

The referees’ lenient approach has meant that a host of footballers have escaped punishment after committing some of the most horrific challenges.

Referees will often approach each situation with a sense of caution as they look to ensure that they’re making the correct decision. However, over the last few rounds referees have been far too hesitant when it comes to clamping down on dangerous play.

Last round saw Perth Glory’s Shane Lowry escape with a yellow card following his reckless tackle on Adelaide’s Ryan Kitto. The Glory defender hurled into Kitto with both legs raised as his challenge made contact with the midfielder’s waist.

Lowry’s tackle could have severely harmed Kitto and the referee should have dealt with the defender appropriately by giving him his marching orders opposed to a yellow card.

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The FFA Cup semi-final encounter between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United saw another incident fall under the radar. Wanderers midfielder Jacob Melling was lucky to escape with a yellow card following his horrendous two footed lunge on Adelaide defender Jordan Elsey.

While a crackdown on dangerous tackles is needed referees also need to stay on top of cynical challenges which are committed with the intention of disrupting the flow of the game.

Sydney FC midfielder David Carney is the first person that comes to mind as he escaped the referee’s notebook after repeatedly fouling Melbourne City’s Bart Schenkeveld in last week’s top of the table clash.

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These footballers who continue to commit harmful and cynical challenges must be reprimanded by the referee.

The job of the referee is to ensure player safety but by letting these tackles fall by the way side and they’re putting the welfare of the players in jeopardy.

They need to clamp down on these reckless challenges before it’s too late and someone severely injures themselves.

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