As an organisation the FA are well known for their belief in their self importance, so much so that they felt obliged in the interests of English football, rather than equity of punishment for infringements of the rules of on field behavour, to seek special treatment in a recent case.
This is, of course, reference to he Red card correctly given to Wayne Rooney for kicking an opponent during a Euro qualifier for which he was subsequently given the standard three match ban for the offence, which is universally accepted within the game.
However, mindful of their self interest and desperation to win a major tournament they lodged an appeal to the ruling body, paraded Rooney in a tidy condition at the hearing and having somehow persuaded the player he kicked to be supportive, managed to have the ban reduced by one match.
An outspoken critic of the decidedly unfair outcome of the appeal was none other than our own King Kenny who simply pointed out that all other players which had been sent off suffered without exception, an automatic ban for three games. The FA’S own method of avoiding appeals themselves is to make known the possibility of an increased rather than a reduced penalty. One law etc,.
Strange to say Kenny’s club have now had a player banned for eight matches for an alleged racial remark to a player well known for moaning like a wean and loyal to his country by organising a rebellion amongst his teamates at the last world cup, because he had a wee fall out with the team manager.
The general opinion in cases like this is that it is one person’s word against the other unless of course there is clear evidence or better still witnesses to the event. In this case there are seemingly no witnesses despite a crowded penalty area so one is left to wonder about the evidence or facts on which the judgement was based.
David Davis that well known ex leader of the FA tried to justify the Rooney appeal as being a fair result because the premiership competition is one of 38 games and the European championship a mere handful. The conclusion from that analogy is that the punishment for kicking an opponent relates to the size of the tournament and not for commiting the same crime as in a larger tourament. What a load of you know what!
David Davis also claims that the committee which handed out the Suarez punishment are totally indepedent but he also conceded that such hearings should be in public.There has been a promise that Kenny will be given a copy of the judgement which should prove interesting considering the absence of witnesses to the event.