Will The FA Ban Drogba, Too?
Tonight, with the score 1-1 in the Hull City v Chelsea game, Didier Drogba unsuccessfully tried to shake off Paul McShane during a Chelsea attack and eventually, he took a swipe at him in exactly the same way Rio Ferdinand hit Craig Fagan against Hull a week and a half ago.
The referee gave a yellow card which begs the question: if Ferdinand's offence was considered worthy of a three-match ban for violent conduct (increased to four upon appeal) then should not the same offence be punished with a red card, if said offence is actually spotted by the referee?
It seems no and as the referee has seen the incident and produced a yellow card, Drogba won't be banned retrospectively (under the stupid 'the FA won't re-referee games' rule), unlike Rio Ferdinand. He will get away as Javier Mascherano did after doing exactly the same thing against Leeds or as William Gallas did after he almost broke Mark Davies' ankle against Bolton.
Same old, same old, eh? I'm waiting for the FA to ban Patrice Evra, just out of habit.