Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday August 18 2007
We all know that the English Football Association is a complete joke, but you would think that perhaps they would show some signs that they consider everyone to be on an even playing field, wouldn't you?
Well they clearly don't care that it's clear they favour some managers over others.
I'll keep this reasonably brief.
Last season Arsene Wenger was fined on three occasions by the FA. Most notable was his fine for calling a linesman a liar after Adebayor was sent off for something he clearly didn't do during the Carling Cup final. After Eboue lashed out at Frank Lampard the referee sent off Adebyor for punching the fat Chelsea midfielder. The FA backed their officials, then said they would review the incident.
They then claimed Adebayor tried to punch Lampard. That, of course was proven wrong, so they again changed their charge to 'acting aggressively' towards Lampard. That too was clearly rubbish, the Togo international was trying to pull players apart. Indeed, even the Ginsters-loving Lampard denied that Adebayor had done anything wrong. Despite that, the FA hit the frontman with a 3-match ban. And as if to add insult to injury, they even saw fit to extend the ban from 3 to 4 matches.
They also hit Eboue with a 3 match ban for the same offence. So, who was guilty? unless they share a body, only one of them went for Fat Frank!
So, Arsene Wenger was right, they lineo was a liar, but that didn't stop the FA hitting Wenger with a massive fine.
Last season Mourniho got away with calling a referee a son of a whore. Something in a match (I forget what) didn't go Chelsea's way, the Chelsea manager lost his temper and launched the attack at an official in Portuguese. It wasn't in English, the Ref didn't understand it, does that mean it's ok? I don't think so. Did the FA act? Of course not!
On Wednesday after Ronaldo was rightly sent off for trying to headbutt Richard Hughes United Gaffer Alex Ferguson slammed Ref Steve Bennett. Speaking to MUTV he said: 'Steve Bennett sent him off at City (in 2006) and will have loved the opportunity to send him off again.
Now, although he's done it in a different way, he's done what Wenger did and called an officials integrity into doubt.
An FA spokesman said it was 'highly unlikely' Fergie would face any action over his comment.
Why? Well, I have my opinions, and I think I've made them clear in the article, and I'm sure you all have your own.
One thing's for sure, The FA are useless, incompetent and a waste of time!
Date:Saturday August 18 2007
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