Coloccini’s red rightly overturned, but the FA still baffle….

Madley's madness
Madley’s madness
So the good news is that Fabricio Coloccini has had the red card that was shown to him on Sunday overturned.

Common sense has prevailed regarding a decision that was quite frankly ludicrous.

Whether or not it was a penalty for a forceful shoulder charge is debatable, but a red card offence? Never…

Of course it won’t change the result even though the feeling among many including myself was that it would probably have ended differently had we maintained eleven men on the pitch. It’s all irrelevant now anyway. But I’m glad that common sense has been used. There are moves underway to get rid of the so called “triple penalty” for instances such as this for next season with a new, more common sense approach, being favoured.

It’s long been argued that conceding a penalty is, by its name, a penalty anyway. But this is where the common sense should come into force. Was it a dangerous challenge? Not in this case. Was it an obvious goalscoring opportunity? The FA seem to think it wasn’t.

Anyway I guess it’s all down to interpretation of each rule but it’s the punishment that needs looking at. Had this appeal failed we’ve conceded a penalty anyway, had a man sent off and also had him banned for, in this case, an additional game. It’s over the top and should be looked at not just because of this but also throughout football.

What doesn’t sit well with me is that the FA have now charged us for failing to control the players in the aftermath of what has proved to be a wrong decision. So how dies that work? Do the FA not understand that the players may have felt a sense of injustice at an incorrect decision? Are they not allowed to even vent their frustration or argue their point?

It seems not and it appears that players should just accept what a referee says – no matter how wrong it may be.

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153 thoughts on “Coloccini’s red rightly overturned, but the FA still baffle….

  1. Fans forum minutes out. Quite pointless as they just refer back to previous emails or previous fans forum answers…

    As for tomorrow, it’s got defeat written all over it. It’s the kind of game we would like to think we should win but I am pretty sure it will be an almighty struggle and the best we can hope for in my opinion is a high scoring game. Their players like Shaquiri, Bojan and Aronatovic (or whatever he’s called) will cause us serious problems with their movement.

    2-2 I reckon.


  2. GEORDIETWO too true , we have horrible choices all over the field mate. Some players are skilfull enough but just dont care Sissoko , Gouffran and Cisse spring too mind and It shows in their workrate . Some are simply not up too Premiership football standard Anita , Riviere and Obertan . Trouble is McClaren is stuck with them untill at least January and Will have too continue too make these horrible choices, but at least the Guy has a game plan and sets his team up with a shape and an idea of how too play too win . Lets just hope hè Picks up enough points between now and January so hè can buy too make a push up the table and not too just avoid relegation.


  3. I have seen Colo suggested as a defensive mid quite a few times and really don’t know why it hasn’t been tried. MCclaren tried Gouffran there FFS. Maybe when Tiote picks up his customary yellow card it will force a shuffle because I would like to at least have a look at it once.


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