Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
A foul is cheating. There's no two ways about it. Sides like Australia who are always making niggly fouls are very effective at what they do, because they avoid rash tackles and the like, and thus hurt the opposition but can avoid cards a lot of the time. but it's still cheating.
How on earth is a foul cheating? An accidental handball is a foul, as is a tackle that's fractionally late or whatever else. Yes, dragging down a player on their way to goal is cheating (sort of), which is why it's usually punished by a red card, but playing in a physical manner, tackling hard to impose physical pressure and slow opposition run and giving away the odd foul is perfectly legitimate, while pretending to be fouled when you aren't certainly isn't.