FA & Media A Disgrace For Sanctioning Systematic Violence Against Arsenal As Association FootballBy
Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer an accident last evening at the Britannia stadium. He was the victim of the consequences of a dangerous delusion, unrestrained by the deterrent of severe penalty, that’s abroad in English football.
The young Welsh rising star wasn’t the first to suffer, neither will he be the last – unless the authorities stand up to common sense and show that they’re not straw men.
That delusion is the celebration of the “physical nature” of the English game by the media. The portrayal of this physicality is presented as representative of the spirit and endeavour of noble, brave, poorer underdogs against their monetarily and technically richer cousins.
Any complaints by the victims, moreover, is put down to cowardice with the usual lines about “lacking stomach for a scrap” & “being soft” doing their tired lines.
Couple these misguided notions with the lack of severe penalties for transgressions, and thuggery disguised as application is the natural consequence. Several teams have resorted to this license to do anything and everything to salvage games.
The evidence couldn’t be clearer: Three players in 5 seasons having their legs smashed to pulp; and quotations from the revolting Ricardo Fuller:
The Britannia, it’s like a fortress, and if we do play to our strengths I don’t think Arsenal can deal with the aggressive play.
It’s been proved in the past that Chelsea and Bolton have roughed them up and tried to bully them.
We can also be rough and aggressive when we need to, but we have quality too, and so we can mix it up.
When such premeditated intent isn’t restrained by fear of punishment, the victim should consider himself lucky to escape only with a broken leg.
This is the equivalent of handing out clubs to the poorer and allowing them a free for all, under reassurance of light punishment, against the richer to equalize wealth distribution for the underdogs.
it is absolute nonsense; it is dangerous; and it has to stop now.
The English FA isn’t famous for competence, but it is time they show they are at least capable of decency. They have to initiate efforts to invoke punishments that are proportional to the offence in question.
There are “red card” offences, and there are “RED CARD” offences. We all know the difference, and it is time they’re treated differently too.
Coming to the game itself, Arsenal did wonderfully to take three points in the aftermath of such a dispiriting event. It was a clear statement that we’ve evolved from our capitulation after the freakishly similar incident at St. Andrews almost 2 years to the day.
The performance by the Gunners sent a message about our determination to keep this title chase up in the face of anything thrown at us. Wonderful!
We pared away 11 points to Chelsea earlier this season, and we’ve now wiped off 6 out of a deficit of 9 in less than 3 weeks. It says quite a bit about the team’s character, maturity and resolve.
However, each of the remaining 10 games on this home stretch is equally important, and I hope we keep relentlessly to the chase.
Stoke’s first goal was Déjà Vu. If the team had worked on it in training, there certainly wasn’t evidence at crunch time. The fact that few teams have worked out how to deal with Stoke’s ’throwball’ is small comfort.
We are chasing the title, not the other teams, but we’re done with Stoke for this season, and it’s time to look ahead.
Just last week, I made a reference to us lacking a player, such as Wayne Rooney, who single handedly carries United’s fortunes on his shoulders. My reference was to the number of goals he’d scored, apart from his presence and performance, enabling United to get away lightly for their mistakes and bad fortune.
Fabregas yesterday reminded me that we have just such a player in attitude and influence. Young as he is, he’s shaping up to be a fine captain, and I hope we keep this team together for at least a few more years enabling this project to come to fruition.
Special mentions to Eboue and Vermaelen for their endeavour too.
Looking ahead, we need Bendtner – who scored a fine headed goal- Eduardo, Vela and Walcott to find their feet quickly. We need all of them in reasonable form to handle the coming stretch of games better.
Make no mistake about it: The title race is wide open. With a bit of luck, and sustained effort, this could still be the year we end that infamous “title drought”. A season that sees our boys veritably become men.
To add onto Saloner’s thoughts above, it’s time to stop pussy-footing around this issue and call a spade a spade.
Once is a misfortune, twice a coincidence, but 3rd time around for such a horrific injury is just bang out of order.
The FA are a disgrace for not addressing the real issue here – and that is the acceptance by the establishment that the only way to ’deal with Arsenal is to kick them off the field.
The papers and news wires today are littered with supportive reactions by apologists and sympathizers of Ryan Shawcross with the predictable ”He would never go out to harm a fly” or ”he’s just not that sort of bloke”.
The apologists are quick to cite the lack of intent or malice as if they were qualified to get into Shawcross’s head and determine the veracity of any attempt at malice.
Referees have by their inaction encouraged systematic fouling of Arsenal players as if in agreement with the misguided mantra bandied about that Arsenal are ’soft brittle foreigners’ who can’t stand the heat in the EPL.
The Arsenal team and supporters are seen as whingers who just wine and moan rather than get stuck in it.
The media hacks and pundits continue to act like irresponsible and reckless cheer leaders, goading Arsenal for supposedly being too weak – and encouraging other teams to ’kick’ Arsenal off the park.
For too long, this nonsense of physicality and the much publicized ’grit and steel’ has been used as an excuse to justify what less technically gifted players are resorting to for the simple reason that they can’t cope with Arsenal’s technically superior players.
In the real world outside football, the actions and in-actions of the football establishment, the media hacks and pundits, as well as dodgy teams who use physicality to justify their thuggery would qualify as crimes punishable within the criminal justice system.
The fact that opposing team players are allowed to preach in the media of their intent to get aggressive and physical towards Arsenal is a crime of conspiracy to commit actual and grievous bodily harm.
The fact that Arsenal players’ careers are subsequently endangered because of the recklessness of players like Dan Smith, Martin Taylor and Ryan Shawcross – makes it a crime of violence based on depraved indifference.
All these players and teams that they played for systematically adopted a strategy of fouling Arsenal players as a means to stopping the Gunners from playing. For this reason, they are actually culpable through depraved indifference.
Intent doesn’t come into it. There is always going to be the risk that they will cause serious and perhaps career threatening injuries because of their actions – whether the intent was to injure them or not.
And as for those suggesting that the problem is that Arsenal players ala Eduardo, Ramsey and Diaby are too quick for their opponents and that’s why the tackle (referred to as clumsy) happens – they seriously need a good hiding.
It’s like suggesting that it’s OK to rape a girl because she looks beautiful or she was wearing a short skirt.