Date:Monday January 12 2009
Don't get me wrong, as a chief executive I have no problems with him. Doesn't talk much, acted rather sensibly during the Glazer takeover and is always there to back the manager.
But as a member of the FA board he's supposed to influence everything to favour United, according to genius manager and media perpetrator Rafa Benitez. He holds this position since 2006 yet very little progress has been made in establishing our evil stranglehold over the noble bastions of the Football Association.
It started off with the Amsterdam Tournament fiasco: Scholes and Rooney were both shown harsh straight reds in the friendly tournament but United were reasonably confident that this would not result in league bans. After all, Liverpool players Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard escaped punishment when sent off in the very same tournament earlier and there was also a case for wrongful dismissal.
Gill failed to act though and both players were given three-match bans. He might be forgiven of course, after all, he'd held the job since a mere two months before the events and hadn't had enough time to assert himself.
However, he should have put his foot down when Mascherano was allowed to sign for Liverpool despite the dippers being his third club since the start of the official European season. Once again, Gill can be forgiven, as our lovely, always misunderstood neighbours secured permission from FIFA itself to break FIFA's rules which expressly state that no player may play for more than two clubs between July of a given year and the July of next year.
Where was Gill when William Gallas, captain of then title challengers Arsenal, disgustingly and deliberately kicked Nani from behind when the ball wasn't there and the referee wasn't looking. The FA reviewed the case and decided it didn't warrant a ban - why didn't Gill act at a time when a three game suspension for Gallas could have been crucial in the title race?
And now we had the Patrice Evra situation. The FA published their report on their website so that the world could see that they dismissed the statements given by the United staff as unimpressive and cast doubts on the credibility and integrity on our staff members while accepted everything the Chelsea employees said without hesitation. They also confessed to have decided to punish Evra without any proof that he has actually hit the groundsman, with the only piece even close to evidence was that the man stated he received a blow to the right side of his face - which makes it unlikely that the right-handed Evra delivered it.
Still, a four-match ban was imposed on our brilliant left-back with Gill only resting on his laurels. How can he get away with doing his job so badly? How can we explain all these events when in theory we have a very powerful ally within the FA?
The answer to these questions of course is that Benitez is an idiot; despite Gill's presence on the FA board, United are still likely to be treated as unfairly as possible whenever a decision has to be made at Soho Square (for pre-Gill cases see Ferdinand's missed drug test v Negouai's missed drugs test or Gary Neville's celebration v Robbie Fowler's celebration). Makes it all the sweeter that Evra impressed against Chelsea and we took them apart with the FA's representative (Webb) getting three major calls totally wrong.
Date:Monday January 12 2009
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