Originally Posted by sledger
Because with a half-decent ref any team taking that approach would quickly find themselves down to 10, 9 or 8 men.
Depends how cleverly you do it. Not talking about De Jong style Kung Fu Kicks obviously, but just enough to let them know they are in for a physical contest. Many teams have done it in major tournaments over the years and Referee's are always cautious with sending off's in such Championships, especially for persistent fouling.