Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has said that Ryan Shawcross is not the only defender in the Premier League who grabs opposition players inside the penalty box.
‘There’s no doubt Ryan Shawcross is a serial offender’, the former England international wrote in The Daily Mail. ‘But he’s not alone. Shawcross is one of a group who stand watching the man rather than the ball — it’s not proper defending and it has to stop’.
Grabbing opposition players inside the penalty box during corners and free kicks is now quite common, and the referees do need to clamp it down.
Stoke City defender Shawcross, who has been linked with a move back to Manchester United, is indeed someone has often been highlighted for such acts, but he is certainly not the only one to do so. It is easy to target the ‘lesser-name’ players, but the big-name stars are also guilty.