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Has Nasri put his foot in it?

Has Nasri put his foot in it?

Treading on other`s toes can cause discomfort and maybe Samir will find that the yellow card he received for his part in the Hull melee won`t be the last of his discomfort from the affair.

In true media fashion Nasri`s tread on Garcia`s foot has become converted into a stamp. Were it truly a stamp it still wouldn`t have been enough to have knocked Garcia to the ground as spectacularly as it managed to do on this occasion. Referee Steve Bennett didn`t see it initially as he had his back to the incident and only reacted to the melee after consulting his assistant. Steve Hunt displaying a previously unseen concern about injury to a fellow player was booked for pushing Nasri , in itself a far more violent act than the weight of Nasri`s foot on Garcia`s instep. Barmby`s reaction was the most violent of the lot, and couldn`t fail to have been seen by either the referee or the linesman, but he got away with it despite the referee showing amazing eyesight later in picking up a penalty offence that everyone else, even with the aid of video technology, still can`t.

Samir`s actions were foolish but I suspect they had a little more to do with the way that some Hull players went about their task. It was more likely an act of retribution than the petulance it comes across as. As Captain Almunia later told it: "When the opponent is just making fouls and stopping us play football, everybody reacts, it is a natural thing for a footballer" then adding "When it is not all the team, but one or two players who are very nasty, you react. I did it sometimes in the game with Hunt."

TV is all seeing and there is little that a player can get away with if the cameras are directed at an incident but treading is something that takes place in the game far more often than the cameras pick up. Lehmann was regularly targeted in such a way, not least because he was so easy to wind up. The last time we won the title at White Hart Lane (it has been more than once) it was Keane treading on Mad Jens foot that caused the crazy kraut to launch himself at Keane`s head to concede a late penalty that deprived us of the victory to embellish our title triumph.

Keown suffered similarly at the feet of van Nistelrooy in a game at Highbury a few seasons back. In an off the ball incident miles away from the action, Sky Sports, then a shareholder in Manchester United, picked up Keown pushing the horsefaced forward who fell to the ground as though hit by the proverbial sniper`s bullet. Sky replayed the incident incessantly for days afterwards and eventually the FA banned Keown. What the Sky cameras cynically failed to show was that van Neighstelrooy was standing on Keown`s foot at the time.

Depending on Bennett`s report and how quickly the FA disciplinary committee reacts Samir risks missing the Villa game which along with the current midfield injuries isn`t a welcome consequence of his act of foolishness. If the FA takes their responsibilities seriously some Hull players won`t welcome a close study of the incident either but that gives little comfort to us. Samir will have to learn to tread carefully in future.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Monday December 21 2009
Time: 3:49PM

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Very foolish and stupid
Klutch
21/12/2009 16:14:00
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ESPN showed Nasri getting shoved before he stepped (NOT "stamped") on Garcia's foot. It was an act of retribution.
jaelle
21/12/2009 16:27:00
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Usually retrospective punishment by the FA is reserved for incidents that were not seen by the referee. Since Samir was booked, I doubt he'll get anything more than that.
gunnerkid107
21/12/2009 16:28:00
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@Gkid - it is being reported that the booking was for his role in the fracas that followed, stepping on Garcias toes remained unseen and thus Samir could be retrospectively banned.
Gunnerman
21/12/2009 16:38:00
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I see the whole world is against you again Amos. Poor Samir.
HuddersfieldYiddo
21/12/2009 16:48:00
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Didn't bother or couldn't read the article then eh HY? Gunnerman is right the ref had his back to the original incident and therefore didn't book Nasri for treading on Garcia's toes.
Amos.
21/12/2009 17:06:00
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It was a very silly thing to do, and imo Samir will get a 1-2 match ban as stepping on someone foot isn't really 3 match ban is it?!
hackneyval
21/12/2009 17:14:00
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Barmby's reaction was just as violent as Samir's action. So long as he gets the same punishment or worse, than I won't have much else to say on the matter.
TPowell
21/12/2009 17:18:00
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Silly from Samir, but if he get's anything more than a slap on the wrists I'll be annoyed. Players steps on each others feet all the time in an effort to wind each other up, and whilst it's not the most ethical move, it's something and nothing. It certainly wasn't a stamp, and considering Adebayor only got 3 games for raking his studs down someone's face I think a little perspective should be used.
Rocky7
21/12/2009 18:44:00
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I thought a yellow card was commensurate punishment for the act. This can hardly be termed as violent conduct. Or can it?
prits
21/12/2009 18:49:00
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