||[Aug. 16th, 2006|12:47 pm]
There have been some real injustices that make you sick to your stomach in the past, O.J Simpson getting away with murder, people getting 3 points on their license for hitting kids at 100mph, but in the last few days there has been one to put all other bent decisions in the shade. |
04/08/06 This....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw1WCxA9yAI happened in a friendly, it should have been a yellow card at the very worst, instead it was a straight red. One aberation you'd think, nevermind, just some referee making a daft error, after carefully reviewing the tapes the authorities will revoke any red card decision.
09/08/06 Umm the referee's report has been forwarded to the English F.A by the Dutch, I thought they were renowned for their easy-going attitude but clearly even if the Dutch F.A see it as a serious incident, the English F.A will show understanding, consideration, maybe even watch the incident without blindly banning him straight away and see just how innocuous it was...
10/08/06 Nope, a full 3 match ban, the punishment for that flailing arm making minimal contact with somebody's face is the same as for some Essien dissemboweler challenge, or a Duncan Ferguson nose-breaker.
14/08/06 Ah an appeal by Rooney and Scholes, surely there will be clemency, surely there will be reason, surely there will be common sense....
15/08/06 The F.A reaffirm everyone's belief that those initials stand for F**king A**eholes by upholding their "decision", as if anyone gave it any thought.
Basically it all comes down to paperwork, technicalities, absolute by-the-book, letter-of-the-law, bollocks, you may as well have a computer in charge who just recites the rules and dishes out punishments, if the people who are in charge are so unerring and unwilling to use their human qualities of rationality and consideration.
Look at Figo in the world cup, a headbutt, a yellow card, the card was the punishment therefore no further action can be taken... Rooney in a friendly, an arm used for leverage hits some player in the face, red card-> violent conduct-> 3 match ban.... Ridiculous.
I'm really angry about this.