German research seems to support the believe that taller players like Oguchi Onyewu get called for more fouls
The New York Times reports on a German study that claims that tall players get called for more fouls than shorter players. An author of the study uses Philip Lahm as an example.
This doesn’t really come as a surprise to me just based on the purely subjective observation of two high-profile tall players – Oguchi Onyewu and Peter Crouch. Is there anyone out there who disagrees that Onyewu and Crouch are often called for large numbers of “soft” fouls especially in international play? With Crouch, referee (and total gasbag) Graham Poll says FIFA referees specifically targeted him before the 2006 World Cup.
I have a question for those who follow Italy and Germany more than I do. Does the same thing happen to other tall players like Luca Toni or Miroslav Klose?