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Gutless FA Are Part Of The Problem

The FA clearly haven't learnt a single thing from Aaron Ramsey's career threatening injury. Not one single god damn thing.

A couple of hours before the Stoke City vs Arsenal game kicked off, two people were removed from a football match because of one solitary tackle committed by one player.

During the the PL clash between Birmingham and Wigan, Brum's resident dirty bloke, Liam Ridgewell made a tackle on Wigan's James McCarthy, that was equal to, if not worse than the tackle that broke Aaron Ramsey's leg. It was a miracle that the Latics player did not suffer a similar fate to our own Rambo.

The flying lunge down by the corner flag was made with such force that it took out the player (making sure he suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury) and also sent said corner flag careering into the face of the linesman, cutting his head. The linesman had to be replaced by fourth official Steve Bennet.

Today the FA revealed they planned to take no further action against Liam Ridgewell because 'the referee saw the incident at the time and dealt with the situation at the time.'

Could there be any possibility that the referee was wrong? Maybe he didn't have a good angle? Because from the footage and the replays shown on Match of the day, I am 100% positively sure that the tackle was vicious, reckless and very worthy of a red card.

The gutless turds at Soho Square consistently hide behind the rule (the rule they created) that if the referee saw the incident and acted on what they saw, then no further action can be taken.


Oh ..... wait .......

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Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
Time: 5:46PM


Its a rule that makes no sense anyway. You cant act on an incident the referee has seen because apparently that would essentially mean you were re-refereeing the game. Yet surely, acting on something the referee hasnt seen is still re-refereeing the game? Whats the difference? You either let a match play out and accept everything that happens or you do the sensible thing - admit that a referee cannot see everything, admit that a referee cannot get every decision correct and therefore take action when its appropriate.
02/03/2010 17:58:00
They don't have to change the rule. They have already set a precedent to deal with it in the case of the Ben Thatcher assault on Pedro Mendes a while back. They just have to have the will to deal with it.
02/03/2010 17:59:00
They had no problem subverting that rule for Ben Thatcher ater his forearm smash on Pedro Mendes. (Thatcher was booked but still awarded a six match ban). But of course, that was because the media told them to. Not a watertight rule by any means, just another excuse from the most work shy bunch of freeloaders since the Royal Family.
Little Dutch
02/03/2010 17:59:00
2nd time in 2 days you beat me to it Amos! Damn you!
Little Dutch
02/03/2010 18:00:00
How ironic - as I type there is an advert for the HSE right above the league table on this site that simply says "Simple mistakes can shatter lives. Your actions could stop them happening."
02/03/2010 18:02:00
yeah, it's a stupid rule... and the slippery slope argument is a dumb one as well... "well if we do this, then won't this happen, and so on, and so on..." do what you need to do... it's pretty ridiculous that arsenal has had TWO identical injuries in the span of two? years... something must be done...
02/03/2010 18:36:00
Whilst I agree that bad challenges must be clamped down on, particularly those with malicious intent, I must point out the huge amount of trouble we would be in if the FA or some other body had free reign to 'adjust' refereeing decisions after the match.

The point about that Ben Thatcher/Pedro Mendes incident is that the FA finally took action against Thatcher because of the huge media storm that was whipped up about it - they lamely bowed to public pressure instead of sticking to their laws, even if their laws happened to be wrong. Several other dirty challenges that happened during the time between Thatcher/Mendes' actual incident and the time Thatcher was handed his sentence went completely ignored by the media and subsequently the FA, because they had a fish to fry.

Yes, the current law of not wanting to re-referee the game is bizarre and does allow for these sorts of situations to arise, but you can only really have a situation of 'all or nothing' when it comes to changing the ref's calls after the match - either every mistake, however trivial, should be reviewed or none of them should - if you start trying just to deal with the really shocking ones, like your kid Ramsey or McCarthy, then soon every manager who disagrees with a decision against his team, particularly if he believes it cost them the game will have a go - with good cause - about getting the decision 'reviewed'.

I'm in favour of seeing thugs punished as much as the next man, but you have to be so careful before you call for things like this.
02/03/2010 19:22:00
Agree with Naoise. I think both players involved in the Ramsey challenge were unlucky (obviously Ramsey is a LOT worse off), but the challenge was not that bad - yes he's suffered a horrific injury that can happen with a mistimed challenge, and Shawcross' was not a wild lunge that was miles away from the ball. The interesting thing is that we do see these wild lunges aimed at taking the player down all the time - at spurs for example Gareth Bale gets chopped down at least twice a game when the ball is miles gone (and obviously this happens to Arsenal players all the time too). These are what need to be punished harshly, (including Defoe's wild lunge the other day I might add). Mistimed challenges like Shawcross' less so. In other words Ridgewell deserves the punishment that Shawcross has got.
02/03/2010 19:41:00
The rule where you cant re punish someone if the ref casted a judgement on it - is appauling.
02/03/2010 20:09:00
If someone gets brought down because of a mistimed challenge that has to be different from someone that is tackled "carelessly, recklessly and/or with excessive force". Apply that Law of the Game to Ridgewell as it should be (and ultimately was to Shawcross) and it becomes a lot simpler to distinguish those tackles. It's subjective but not really so hard to see the difference between the Ridgewell tackle and a mistimed one.
02/03/2010 20:16:00
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