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Ferdinand Charged While Gallas And Tevez Get Away

The FA have not changed. They still love to get one over United whenever presented with the opportunity and it looks like that they have another, golden one.

In the second half of Saturday's game against Hull City, Ferdinand took a swipe at that ridiculously annoying Craig Fagan after some tussling by the pair. After studying video evidence, the FA announced that Ferdinand has been charged with violent conduct and he has to respond by Wednesday.

That's fair enough, they should have a look at that. However, it reeks of double standards yet again, if you consider two other recent incidents.

The less significant is Carlos Tevez' attempt to maim Wes Brown in the Manchester derby, for which he should have received a straight red and a three-game ban as he went in studs first at waist height. Yet he got away with it: the referee did not book him, the FA did not charge him.

The more significant is the case of William Gallas. Why? Because in Tevez' case the referee saw the incident and blew a foul and we all know the stupid rule that says in that case the FA is supposed to be powerless. But when Gallas stamped on Mark Davies against Bolton, the ref waved play on even though it was a foul worthy of a straight red and Davies had to be stretchered off.

Yet Gallas has not been charged. Which, in reality, means that while Ferdinand is likely to be suspended from Sunday's game at the Emirates, Gallas will be there and Wenger won't have to field one of Campbell or Silvestre. That is a significant advantage handed to Arsenal by the FA.

One rule for United, one rule for the rest? Obviously, yet again. Even if they do not punish Ferdinand (very, very unlikely) the fact that Gallas hasn't even been charged speaks volumes.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 26 2010

Time: 2:55PM

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I'm so gutted to see that happen,the sunday game is so important for us and now this.Total bull*****.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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26/01/2010 15:34:00

People always talk about how much influence we have with the FA - now would be a great time to use it if it exists!
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26/01/2010 16:07:00

But in truth, we cannot complain - as what Rio did is indefensible. Gallas and Tevez can both claim that what they did wasnt violent - just poorly timed. What Rio did has no place in the sport and as gutted as I am to lose him for three games - he was wrong.
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26/01/2010 16:09:00

Leave Gallas out of it, even the bolton manager later admitted that it was a FIFTY - FIFTY CHALLENGE. As for unfair treatment Arsenal has been more on the receiving end this season than any other team. Senarios that happen all time around the country but gets blown out of proportion when it comes to Arsenal.
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26/01/2010 18:00:00

We're talking about the FA not general treatment. I think the only reason everybody went on about gallas was because when eduardo got done wenger wanted a lifetime ban handed out. When gallas puts in a challenge which *could* have ended the same way, wenger brushes it off. You cannot compete with us when it comes to getting dicked by the FA.
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26/01/2010 18:22:00

Your just upset that he virtually punched someone and after thinking you had gotten away with it, the FA come in, and say "ahem". Submit and he misses the semi, protest and he is guaranteed to get at least an extra game-ban. What was that that Taggart said about his players and pefect behaviour?
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26/01/2010 18:37:00

Turd-in -hand SHOULD be charged IT was ABH....not 'a slip, or a mis-timed ' arm it was meant....adebayor an automatic 3 match ban, SWP a 3 match ban... so whats the differance to Turd-in-hand and what HE did to Forlan.... and you say double standards? it's always been in your favour.....looks like the FA has finally woke up.....
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26/01/2010 18:50:00

I could reel out a long list of examples in which the FA has been biased against us but as I think this is the correct decision, I wont bother.
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26/01/2010 19:21:00

Secondly Rio can play in the semi regardless of whether he pleads guilty or not - unless we choose to start it immediately. As for what Fergie said about perfect behaviour, I believe the quote is "With feisty games over the years, in terms of the competitive level of Liverpool and Leeds United games since I’ve been here, the players’ behaviour has always been good. “The players’ behaviour has always been perfect and they play within the rules of the game. We’ve never had any issues with big games." Forget the fact he was referring to important derby games - apply it to a routine league match against hull city - your point would be redundant otherwise.
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26/01/2010 19:24:00

FA biased against you? TWO WORDS: JOHNNY EVANS. Still can't believe Drogba got a card and Evans didn't get hauled up before the beak for his little Bruce Lee impression. SHi t happens in football, and supporters of every team can come up with conspiracy theories about the FA, but as Tuscan said, Ferdinand's actions are indefensible. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime (especially in front of 75k people and several TV cameras)
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26/01/2010 20:37:00

Tuscan - you are right about it being the correct decision, but he cannot differentiate between big games and those against the likes of Hull. You behave or you don't.
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26/01/2010 20:46:00

Well clearly you can differentiate, and he did. When asked about the behaviour of his players in heated derby games he says their record is good. What you cant (or rather shouldn't) do is take a quote, ignore context, disregard common sense and then use it as a rod to beat someone with.
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26/01/2010 21:05:00

I wont argue in favour of Johnny Evans on that challenge as it was bad, but then as Zae said so were challenges by Tevez and Gallas. Everyone gets away with a few. Im talking about complete hypocrisy. An example would be Gerrard, Crouch, Rooney and Scholes getting red cards in the same PRE-SEASON tournament which to my knowledge had nothing to do with official FA competitions. Two of those players had bans imposed on them which caused them to miss league games and the other two got nothing. You can guess who got the bans. I dont actually think there is a conspiracy against us - **** does happen - my point is that the so called pro-united bias that we CONSTANTLY hear about really doesnt help us out as often as it should if it actually exists. But anyway, we all agree Rio was wrong, ban him, we move on.
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26/01/2010 21:16:00

Rio is an older and more mature player he really shouldn't have been suckered into hitting Fagan. He'll deserve to be banned if he does, but if Gallas gets away with what he did, it would be really disappointing as he injured the player.
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27/01/2010 01:27:00

tuscan: credit to you for seeing the difference between battling for the ball and knocking people down when the balls not even near. But then again, you might not wear those ugly red glasses that, seemingly the article writer as well, most of ManUtd fans wear. It's not the fact that we "think" referees favor you that p** me off, it's the fact that you won't admit it afterwards: "Yes Ronadho dived at WHL and got a pen", "Yes the ball from Mendes was in", "Yes, Berba should never had that penalty - clearly Gomes was first". And to top it off.....your manager has lost his last brain cells. It isn't possible to have a nose higher in the air. Banning SkySports, cause they gave away tv-photos after a REQUEST from FA???? Hahaha. Why would anyone respect that man is beyond me!
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27/01/2010 17:33:00

Its probably all the trophies he's won. Those who have competed for the premier league title know how hard it is to win, therefore they respect those that have. I'm not debating the decisions you've mentioned (the Mendes goal is particularly shocking) but what are we meant to do about it? Every team has decisions go for and against them. My gripe is with the fact that we're expected not to complain.
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27/01/2010 19:39:00

Well how come Bellendamy hasnt even had any yellows these last 2 matches agasint us?
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27/01/2010 23:33:00

Sincerely hope the FA were watching turdinand's little "slip of the elbow" against Tevez last night. 2 out of 2 should get him a further ban, but the FA will probably ignore it, he's a manure player after all.
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28/01/2010 10:06:00

Actually - it wasnt Rios elbow - it was his fore arm, and if you watch replay hes trying to hold back Tevez with his hand on Tevezs chest, shame the Argie is a tiny runt who ran into Rios arm - it was NOT an intentional elbow like Rios elbow agasint Fagan!
Bitter comments from bitter supporters whose team was well outplayed last night
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28/01/2010 12:31:00


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