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.