Sam Allardyce fears death of tackling

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline against Sunderland on January 12, 2013
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Sam Allardyce says that the art of tackling is dying out from football due to pressures from governing bodies.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce fears that tackling may soon be eradicated from football due to clampdowns from governing bodies.

The issue has taken centre stage once again following Vincent Kompany's controversial red card for a tackle on Jack Wilshere during Manchester City's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Despite the fact that the decision was overturned on Tuesday, Allardyce is worried that tackling is dying out.

"We don't coach tackling anymore. That's rather sad," said Allardyce.

"We teach stay on your feet. We teach, pinch, nick, intercept. If you are going to ground try and be 100% sure you are going to win the ball.

"Now they are saying that even if the tackle is a perfectly good one, if it's ferocious in their eyes or is done with too much force, then that is still a booking or a sending-off. Well that's ridiculous."

West Ham travel to Manchester United in their FA Cup third-round replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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