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Evra 4 Bosingwa 0 - Disgrace

'The DVD evidence does not itself show whether or not Evra actually struck Bethell. Evra denies it but we accept Bethell`s evidence that he was struck on or near his right ear and it was clearly Evra who struck him.'

The above was part of the report that appeared on the FA's website after they decided to ban Patrice Evra for four games for an alleged attack on a Chelsea groundsman. The FA admitted they had no proof but believed the Chelsea man and banned Evra, questioning the honesty and integrity of the members of the United staff who had given testimony.

Mere weeks later Jose Bosingwa of Chelsea kicks Yossi Benayoun in the back in front of the linesman. Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted it was worthy of a red card, Bosingwa apologised - everyone expected at least a three-game ban as it was such a classic case of violent conduct that even the FA can't find another angle.

Yet it seems they did. Clueless Mike Riley confirmed that his assistant Mo Matadar saw the incident (would have been difficult to miss, with a little bad luck it could have been his back which ends up sore) but decided to take no action.

So, the officials were aware of the incident but did not act. In terms of FIFA rules, it's game over, no retrospective action is possible. The moral of the story? Mundane things such as proof and rules are irrelevant for the English FA and its horrible referees. They handed out a four-match ban for an incident that's never been proved and took no further action after a disgraceful foul which was witnessed by millions all over the planet. Unbelievable.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 2 2009

Time: 11:03PM

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You know what? For once I agree with you? The FA are spineless tw*ts most of the feckin time.
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02/02/2009 23:55:00

He atleast said sorry! And acc to the rules, they cannot ban a player unless the refree has the incident in his match notes. Riley did not have the incident covered, it was too far away. But the linesman was real close to the pair. How he did not flag the incident, I'll never know.
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03/02/2009 05:33:00

you're wrong JT the linesman did flag the incident, in chelsea's favour!! the most rediculous decision in football history, or at least close to. its unacceptable from both the player and the FA for not taking any action.
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03/02/2009 10:36:00

It was down to the linesman to report the incident, he didn't and that's that. It was a disgraceful incident worthy of a ban, but was conducted on the field of play during a football match, and involved two players. The Evra incident on the other hand was between the player and a non-player, was after the match, and was conducted after the officials had left the pitch. As much as unitedx think there is some kind of vendetta agianst them, the incidents are different, and Evra should count himself lucky that the police were not involved and he was not charged with assault.
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03/02/2009 14:38:00

......and people say we influence the refs.
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03/02/2009 16:35:00

Though it was fun to watch and Im glad they didnt ban Bosingwa but it would have been deserved wether if it was 3 match ban or more....But these refs have been a real wack job lately...Its time for technology especially after the Riley Lamps incident...
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04/02/2009 23:04:00

Stop your whinging and get on with it.
Tiny T
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05/02/2009 18:57:00


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