Perhaps the last word on this subject should go to the man himself. The key quote is, "I forgive Martin. It hurt like hell but I'm fine now. I know he did not do it on purpose." So that's that then.
posted by MrMustard at 06:48 AM on February 26
Life bans for every player who mistimes a tackle sounds like a great way of killing off football as a sport to me. Having seen the tackle live (I was at the game), and since on TV a few times, I'd agree with Bruce's assessment that in some games it wouldn't even have been worth a yellow card. Taylor goes in from a standing start, he doesn't lunge and he only goes in with one foot. It was a horrible injury, but not a horrible challenge. Wenger's comments - since retracted, but significantly not apologised for - were a disgrace. To compare a player guilty of a clumsy challenge to a murderer shows a complete lack of proportion, sensitivity and sense.
posted by MrMustard at 11:49 AM on February 24
I'd be interested to know what is really behind this decision. Where have the complaints come from. What flags have been complained about? Did someone fly an Israeli flag? Does this ban extend to away fans (it surely must)? How will that be enforced? Very odd.
posted by MrMustard at 07:42 AM on December 18
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