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Happy Slapper Hleb Could Face Ban

Happy Slapper Hleb Could Face Ban

Gunners' wing wizard Aliaksandr Hleb could face a three match ban that could curtail his season, after appearing to bitch slap Graeme Murty during Saturday's 2-0 mauling of Reading. Though rumours that Hleb shouted, 'who's your Daddy, beatch?' in the immediate aftermath remain unsubstantiated.

Referee Peter Walton missed the incident in real time (and in true Arsene Wenger fashion, I also did not see it) but Hleb could be banned on trial by video. An F.A. Spokesman said, 'The first thing is to wait and see the referee's report but that is not necessarily the end of the matter.'

Steve Coppell called for Hleb to be punished retrospectively (nothing to do with the fact we are still to play their relegation rivals Sunderland), 'Hleb slapped him across the neck and it is clearly visible on the video. It is there to see,' Coppell said.

'I don't know how the procedure is at the Football Association. It seems some mystery man phones in and says 'have a look at the tape'.

'The whole process is unexplainable and arbitrary. Maybe someone in their front room somewhere will do something about it.'

I must confess, Coppell's cynicism towards the F.A. is quite amusing. The fact that nobody in the Premiership respects them or has any idea as to their procedures is quite telling. The in no way hypocritical Alan 'Elbows' Shearer waded into the argument, 'I think the F.A. need to look at that.' Stand by next week as El Hadji Diouf condemns footballers who spit and Myra Hindley expresses her support for the 'hug a hoodie' campaign.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday April 21 2008
Time: 1:38PM


Hlep in for a 3 to 4 game ban for smearing Murty's makeup and Taylor 3 game ban for attempting to amputate Eduardo.........well it would not surprise me.
21/04/2008 14:02:00
Well, Hleb does deserve the ban. Very uncharacteristic of him. Considering that this is his 1st such misdemeanour in over 3 seasons of the Premiership, lets hope this is a one-off.
21/04/2008 14:02:00
Anyone got a clip of it. I didnt see it live at the game, just say Murty hold his head and claim he had been elbowed
21/04/2008 15:00:00
In truth, the rules of the game say that it will and should be a three match ban and we can't have too many complaints. But does anyone else look back on tackles Hleb has been on the receiving end of this season (Noble, McShane and Carew) and think, where's the fricking justice?
Little Dutch
21/04/2008 15:15:00
Yes. I have said many a time that the biggest joke of a rule is retrospective punishment not being implemented when a ref has dealt with a situation badly. The F.A's hands are tied because it has been dealt with. I am sure most people would agree Nobles challenge should of been upgraded to a red. Stephen hunt, etc
21/04/2008 15:26:00
He would have been better off getting a yellow.
21/04/2008 15:50:00
The really stupid thing is, if Hleb would have punched him properly, he would have got the same punishment. How ridiculous is that? If you get the same punishment, then Hleb might as well have used up the full credit on his account and lamped him Paul Davis style. In fact, on one website that reported this story, they dredged up the Davis Cockeril altercation. Can you believe that? It even said, "nearly twenty years ago, Paul Davis was banned etc……" And did anyone else think Murty's reaction was a bit pathetic? He's Scottish for christ's sake, Hleb's slap was pretty much an endearing greeting method in Glasgow!
Little Dutch
21/04/2008 15:52:00
I've noticed something happening to Hleb this season. He's become increasingly demonstrative on the pitch of his frustration. He never used to show much emotion, certainly not any anger at a player or the ref. I think it was last week that I saw some comments from him in the press about how the English game is very physical and how the refs let defenders get away with bad tackles. He said that defenders in England get away with things they wouldn't elsewhere because they know the officials won't do anything about it. He's been on the receiving end of some of the worst challenges in the PL this season. Maybe it influenced his decision to go out for an ice cream in Italy. When I saw the replay of that slap I thought Hleb was reacting to something, that he was provoked. As for punishment, certainly we can't complain but the inconsistency beggars belief. How many times have we seen the FA declare they can't hand out a punishment for something because the ref didn't see it? The use of video technology for handing out punishments is incredibly selective.
21/04/2008 15:59:00
....and diaby takes his place
21/04/2008 16:21:00
I think we should try Traore on the left to see how it works. Maybe put Clichy LM, Traore LB. I think that would be a good combo, Clichy certainly has the qualities to be a winger.
21/04/2008 16:25:00
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