This week’s English for football phrase is the spirit of the game which refers to how the game is played or at least how it is interpreted by those playing it. For many, the only objective of football is to win at all costs which means that players will often act in an underhand manner in order to improve their chances of winning. This might involve diving to try and win a penalty or pretending to be hurt after a tackle. Both of these actions go against the spirit of the game as they not only attempt to cheat but they do so by deceiving their fellow professionals. This week Barcelona player Sergio Busquets feigned an injury which lead to Inter Milan player Thiago Motta being sent off which was definitely against the spirit of the game.