Weekly Football Phrase: Beyond the Pale

This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘beyond the pale’.

This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘beyond the pale‘. You can understand more about this word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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Today’s English for Football expression is ‘beyond the pale‘, which means that something is not viewed as acceptable by others or that a line has been crossed. It  is not strictly a football phrase but it has been used a lot in the football world this week with the discussion on what are acceptable standards and morals in the game. In particular, the phrase has been used to describe an incident involving Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after he appeared to handle the ball before scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in an FA Cup tie against Mansfield. Some suggested that Suarez had gone beyond the pale with his actions – that he had crossed the line of fairness – while others felt that the media outburst against the Uruguayan had also gone beyond the pale in that the press only seem to focus on him and not any other players who sometimes bend the laws of football to suit their own needs.  Beyond the Pale.

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