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Ferdinand Charged While Gallas And Tevez Get Away

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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Date:Tuesday January 26 2010
Time: 2:55PM


I'm so gutted to see that happen,the sunday game is so important for us and now this.Total bull*****.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.....
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.
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.
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)
26/01/2010 20:37:00
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