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How Lucky That Refs And The FA Favour United

It's official now: no further action will be taken against Steven Taylor, the Newcastle defender who punched Ronaldo in the face then scythed down Michael Carrick from behind. Joke.

The reason? One joke organisation (The FA) acts according to another joke organisation's (FIFA) rules after a joke referee (Bennett) admits he never saw the incident.

Bennett reported that he gave a yellow card to Taylor for the challenge on Carrick and he did not see the defender hitting Ronaldo. Having watched the footage, the referee declared that he would have only given a yellow card. If a referee deems an offence worthy of only a yellow then no further action can be taken against the offender.

So he won't get an additional yellow card. Put aside the fact that by any sensible measure Taylor should have been shown a straight red for hitting Ronaldo. Put it aside and let's say it's only a yellow card. Well, a yellow card for this and for the lunge on Carrick - and it's a red, for two yellows picked up in five seconds' time.

Patrice Evra was banned for four games for something that's never been proved and happened after a game, not in a game, in front of the linesman. Roy Keane, if you remember, was banned for writing a book. Rio Ferdinand was banned for the same offence which had cost a Manchester City player only Ł2000 a few months earlier.

Did anyone think that it was only worthy of a yellow card when Scholes threw a punch towards Alonso at Anfield but never actually hit him? No, that was a straight red and a three-match ban.

It's so good, then, that the referees and the FA favour United and Fergie controls them, as Rafa suggested. Imagine what would happen otherwise, they might ban Ronaldo for the audacity of hitting Taylor's arm with his face.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 6 2009

Time: 12:45PM

Your Comments

They might also send Ronaldo off one day for his ego driven kicks at players which are all straight red card offences.
Mikey D
They might also send Ronaldo off one day for his ego driven kicks at players which are all straight red card offences.
Mikey D
Portsmouth last year? City this season? For a player who is kicked, pulled, fouled all game long in every single match it is quite remarkable how many times he was sent off when his opponents tend to get away with murder.
Zae
Portsmouth last year? City this season? For a player who is kicked, pulled, fouled all game long in every single match it is quite remarkable how many times he was sent off when his opponents tend to get away with murder.
Zae
He gets away with murder also Zae. Didn't a Man City player get banned for 3 games for kicking out at a player this season? Ronaldo has done this 3 times with no consequence. As stated before, he should have been ineligible for the Newcastle game as should have been serving a suspension anyway. Rafa was right.
KB1
He gets away with murder also Zae. Didn't a Man City player get banned for 3 games for kicking out at a player this season? Ronaldo has done this 3 times with no consequence. As stated before, he should have been ineligible for the Newcastle game as should have been serving a suspension anyway. Rafa was right.
KB1
Ps Keane didn't just write a book, he admitted to a cowardly act of assault in his book. A tad different. Evra was proven to lie about racist comments and it was proven that a lot of your backroom staff were in collusion. It really is one rule for you lot and another for everyone else isn't it?
KB1
Ps Keane didn't just write a book, he admitted to a cowardly act of assault in his book. A tad different. Evra was proven to lie about racist comments and it was proven that a lot of your backroom staff were in collusion. It really is one rule for you lot and another for everyone else isn't it?
KB1
lets get it straight here ronaldo was not kick, pulled and fouled all over the place against us last year - diarra gave him a 'welcome to the game foul', which i like, sets the tone, and maybe distin commited what would have been a foul outisde the box on him, but until they are given as penalties on the box nothing is doing on that one...
he is a fantastic footballer but i wont miss him if he goes and the premier league will not die if he does...
pompeyrug
lets get it straight here ronaldo was not kick, pulled and fouled all over the place against us last year - diarra gave him a 'welcome to the game foul', which i like, sets the tone, and maybe distin commited what would have been a foul outisde the box on him, but until they are given as penalties on the box nothing is doing on that one...
he is a fantastic footballer but i wont miss him if he goes and the premier league will not die if he does...
pompeyrug
Ronaldo does not get enough calls for him(as he deserves) and so he resorts to the overly theatrical to try and get the refs to notice that he was actually fouled...yet even though everyone that day in the stands heard the screams of ronaldo when he got smacked in the face...bennet somehow didn't see or hear anything...ppl who think that ronaldo should of not been playing today are wrong...if refs call it right then he wouldn't have done what he did....but the refs never protect him....and i'm personally surprised the boy still walks after all the smacks he recieved anyways fergie said that he wasn't too bothered by this as newcastle would need taylor against arsenal and chelsea who are coming up for them...according to sky
ibrahiy
Ronaldo does not get enough calls for him(as he deserves) and so he resorts to the overly theatrical to try and get the refs to notice that he was actually fouled...yet even though everyone that day in the stands heard the screams of ronaldo when he got smacked in the face...bennet somehow didn't see or hear anything...ppl who think that ronaldo should of not been playing today are wrong...if refs call it right then he wouldn't have done what he did....but the refs never protect him....and i'm personally surprised the boy still walks after all the smacks he recieved anyways fergie said that he wasn't too bothered by this as newcastle would need taylor against arsenal and chelsea who are coming up for them...according to sky
ibrahiy
I would have more sympathy for utd and their skilfull players if their boss didn't send out team to destroy opposition' lair players. Witness the violence meted out to Reyes in particular in the pizzagate game. Or Torres at Old Trafford last year where he was practically assaulted when he went near the ball.
KB1
I would have more sympathy for utd and their skilfull players if their boss didn't send out team to destroy opposition' lair players. Witness the violence meted out to Reyes in particular in the pizzagate game. Or Torres at Old Trafford last year where he was practically assaulted when he went near the ball.
KB1
i hear ya, but this sort of thing happens all the time on the field (i.e materazzi/zidane) and especially all skillfull players get beaten up more than others...and i for one personally like how a defender lets the striker know he is there with a good early challenge....however it is up to the refs to call the fouls straight up no matter who is playing or against who....if the refs call the fouls as they should and follow the strict rules of the law...i would see a reduction of these horrible fouls....however the refs are not consistent... to me it isn't about who is the coach, who is the player...to me its more about the refs.... though sam allardyce's teams tend to be more physical but that is not the issue here
ibrahiy
i hear ya, but this sort of thing happens all the time on the field (i.e materazzi/zidane) and especially all skillfull players get beaten up more than others...and i for one personally like how a defender lets the striker know he is there with a good early challenge....however it is up to the refs to call the fouls straight up no matter who is playing or against who....if the refs call the fouls as they should and follow the strict rules of the law...i would see a reduction of these horrible fouls....however the refs are not consistent... to me it isn't about who is the coach, who is the player...to me its more about the refs.... though sam allardyce's teams tend to be more physical but that is not the issue here
ibrahiy
what! no Fulham preview - shocking!
Al Billy
what! no Fulham preview - shocking!
Al Billy
This is a farily hypocritical artcile guys. Sorry but its true.
Mikey D
This is a farily hypocritical artcile guys. Sorry but its true.
Mikey D
feck me are you serious? after all the petulant kick-outs that Ronaldo gets away with! Rose tinted spectacles or what!
merlin
feck me are you serious? after all the petulant kick-outs that Ronaldo gets away with! Rose tinted spectacles or what!
merlin
merlin - The point being made here is The FA aren't in Fergie's pocket as every brainy idiot seems to think! If we hadn't won as many prem titles, no one would even care about our refereeing! It comes with the success, so I've learned to deal with it!
ForeverUnited
merlin - The point being made here is The FA aren't in Fergie's pocket as every brainy idiot seems to think! If we hadn't won as many prem titles, no one would even care about our refereeing! It comes with the success, so I've learned to deal with it!
ForeverUnited
 

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