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Terry Escapes - He'd Get Away With Anything

John Terry, being England captain, seems to believe he can do anything without consequences and punishment. And disturbingly, he seems to be right.

Was there any consequence when he tried to take the red card out of the referee's hands at Old Trafford last season, when John Obi Mikel was rightly sent off? No, nothing. Chelsea were charged for 'failing to control their players' and got a nominal punishment.

They regularly escape despite harassing referees, shouting at them, something in which John Terry is always a leader - this is his greatest leadership quality it seems.

Now, one referee, in this case Mark Halsey, unexpectedly had the guts to send Saint John of England off at the weekend. He committed a professional foul, he was shown the red card as it should be with every player.

Of course, Chelsea appealed the decision, and not surprisingly, the card was rescinded, clearing Terry to face United on Sunday. It is the third time in recent years that Chelsea successfully appealed against a Halsey dismissal which shows that there is little point in sending off a Chelsea player...

The last time United tried to argue a case of wrongful dismissal we were rejected and both Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney had to serve three-match bans. In that case neither offence warranted a straight red - and the incidents occurred in a pre-season tournament, in the same tournament at which Steven Gerrard and Neil Mellor had been sent off two years previously yet both had escaped without punishment.

Call me paranoid but there's a trend there.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 17 2008

Time: 12:03PM

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Thankyou for writing this article. Ever since it happened i feel like the only person who thinks the red card was fully justified. ***** the fact there was another defender, the "tackle" to use the word loosely wa blatant and done purely to stop the player, who would have had a 2 on 1 and very likely a goal. Im glad i got here before all the chelsea fans as i feel they have no case. Also, if they try to point to Vidic's first yellow card against Liverpool, then i say this; THAT should have been a red too.
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17/09/2008 12:22:00

Vidic got 2 yellows - the first of which could easily have been red. Has Scolari or anyone from chelsea made a comment about this. chelsea have adequate back up in the shape of Alex.Man Utd do not, is this why SAF and the rest are moaning! If the ref had got the decision right in the first place (Yellow Card) then this wouldnt be an issue. Is the excuse when Manutd lose on Sunday going to be that JT was playing. Pretty pathetic really. Manutd should concentrate on their own issues and leave chelsea to do the same with theirs.
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17/09/2008 12:44:00

Not adequate cover?
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17/09/2008 12:49:00

Also, you point to Vidic's first yellow should have been a red. I agree. But it was a carbon copy of Terry's, so surely you think hew should have been sent off too!
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17/09/2008 12:51:00

LOL so bitter! You just cant hack the fact that we got a fair hearing from the FA - Terry wasnt the last man so didnt deserve to get sent off. Halsey got it wrong and paid for it. You are just so bitter and full of bile because its Terry and you hate us. If it was Ferdinand you'd be saying something else. Bunch of bitter hypocrites and you know it. Obsessed with us and you cant take it. See you Sunday lads.
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17/09/2008 12:52:00

The real issue is that the red card was given for violent conduct not a professional foul. In these cases the FA rules are clear - only the referee can rescind the red card and therefore 3 match ban. Halsey, rightly or wrongly, refused to do this because he believed he had made the correct decision. The FA have set a major precedent here - whereby any decision made by a referee on the field of play can now be appealed and then rescinded after the fact. If I were a manager I might just appeal against every decision that went against me and see what sticks. Chaos.
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17/09/2008 13:27:00

I'm submitting this delicious paragraph to the next edition of 'Inconsistency for Dummies': "Was there any consequence when he tried to take the red card out of the referee's hands at Old Trafford last season, when John Obi Mikel was rightly sent off? No, nothing. Chelsea were charged for 'failing to control their players' and got a nominal punishment." Readers, can you spot the inconsistency?
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17/09/2008 13:28:00

I can see why Fergus the Bogeyman is in such a strop, normally all the referee's decisions go his way. No wonder that the *one* penalty conceded by ManUre last season, at Stamford Bridge, caused a Richter Scale 7.8 apoplexy in senior citizen Alex.
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17/09/2008 13:30:00

Embarrassingly one sided viewpoint as one would expect on this site. Tell me one thing, which one of these two rule breakinf offences should John Terry have been sent off for : 1)Professional foul - denying a CLEAR goalscoring opportunity as the LAST covering defender (Jo was 46 metres from goal with two Chelsea defenders in front of him) or 2) serious foul play - "excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball", a challenge that involves a dangerous one footed or two footed challenge. Hence, John Terry should not have been sent off on either count. try reading up on the rules before writing articles through those red tinted spectacles. Just one more point, its very easy to be "magnanamous" and say Vidic should have been sent off when you know he hasnt been and has got away with a one match ban rather than a three match ban - cheap trick to try and appear balanced
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17/09/2008 13:33:00 When even the Daily Mail notices, you know red nose's moans are just getting boring
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17/09/2008 13:35:00

"Call me paranoid" - Zae, you're paranoid.
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17/09/2008 13:37:00

The whole above article is based on bitter bias, the 'big kid' didn't get its way again. Boo hoo. I'd be the first to speak out for any player from any club (apart from Spuds) if it was just. (oh yeah, and the Scousers).
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17/09/2008 16:05:00

reddyteddy, very good point and well made. we all know chelsea arent ones to keep their mouths quiet, what happens when their next player is rightly red carded? a big hoo-haa? fact is, whatever you say about fergie, he knows when hes is wrong. chelsea, on th eother hand dont. last season their were 10 appeals to the FA regarding sendings off in the premier league....5 of them were from chelsea!!! its getting to the point whereby referees are afradi to send off a chelsea player due to the fuss they make after. oh, and if you try and comeback that fergie is the same...dont. because just taking our last two reds, nani and vidic...was there a compalint from fergie or anyone from united? nope.
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17/09/2008 16:08:00

Utd4Life, thanks, we try our best.
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17/09/2008 16:48:00

Thats because both were clear red cards you idiot
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17/09/2008 18:09:00

look in the mirror - green with envy are we not!
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17/09/2008 20:32:00

Terry or no Terry, it doesnt increase or decrease my confidence for the game at the Bridge. I could care less to be honest. If we'll win, we will, if we'll lose, we'll lose! Simple as
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17/09/2008 23:01:00

I agree with U4L's first comment, hit the nail on the head.
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18/09/2008 05:29:00

lolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol love listening to stupid red-noses trying to sound like their poor start to the season is all John Terry's fault, not the fact that ur manager is over the hill and expects security from referrees just because he's a knight, lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol
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18/09/2008 13:47:00

if Terry had done the same thing twice in a match, ok, give the man a red. just because you're all bitter and hate Terry doesn't change the fact another defender was behind him. the foul wasn't flagrant or violent; no one was hurt. it should've been a yellow from the start. had it been, no one would take much notice. as an individual who gives people the benefit of the doubt in terms of objectivity and intelligence, you all are messing with me: maybe all manc fans are blind and subjective after all.
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19/09/2008 15:12:00


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