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Will The FA Ban Drogba, Too?

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday February 2 2010
Time: 10:43PM


OMG!!!!!!! United Complaing about refs?!!! trust me , if the refs wernt so bias man u would not of won the title as many times as they have!
02/02/2010 22:50:00
Yea seriously - just save it. No one cares about United.
02/02/2010 23:14:00
Why don't you 2 asswipes take a towel to wipe the ***** from your head! The fa has and will always punish United players more severely than any other team simply becoz they can! In all fairness drogba and every other player who commit such fouls should get the same treatment.
03/02/2010 01:03:00
Blackfac3 - maybe they punish them so severely because they rarely punish them to begin with. It's all horse***** and so are your fans.
03/02/2010 01:17:00
This is the quietest "sky four" site on all of vital....crickets constantly. Chelsea, arsenal, spurs, citeh, villa - lively bunches.
03/02/2010 01:18:00
why should we continue to argue since you lot are so stubborn.....obv some of us might become too biased at something united related, but for the most part we try to be fair...we are also straight forward and have every right to vent our frustration...we feel like every time the fa has an opportunity to punish united I don't understand your reasoning of it being many unfair penalties have we been given compared to any other team in the tp flight, how many deserved and undeserved red cards have we received compared to everyone else....they treat us the same
03/02/2010 02:44:00
however i will admit that sometimes when big name player fall down(that is from any team not just united) sometimes the refs are biased towards/or against them depending on what is going on in the media(i.e. when wenger whined about fletcher, fletcher got sent off) but overall we feel that rio ferdinand has been treated harshly, my honest opinion is when i was watching the match i knew right away it should be a suspension for 3 games no doubt in my mind however if drogba did the same thing(i do not watch chelsea matches) and the ref gives him a yellow that is incredibly unfair, and again shows the lack of good referees in england
03/02/2010 02:48:00
i also want to point out that we could care less about your hate for all things united, and the fact that if we decide to complain about something, please just shut up as we could care less about what you have got to say... when we bring up a fair arguement such as this article, you can't keep on going to the past ...look at each situation individually...we try to do that with a cool head
03/02/2010 02:53:00
In fairness la_villan united fans have a lot more choice of where to go.
03/02/2010 03:43:00
Well i'm not here to blast you guys, interesting article and although I am yet to see Drogba's hit-out, what we all need but don't receive is consistency in such matters. Until then fans from all clubs will be aggrieved when someone from a rival club goes unpunished for this or that. One thing I would like to say, and any Spurs fan would agree, is that Scholes when playing us gets away with many bad tackles before finally, and it seems inevitably (against Spurs), getting carded.
03/02/2010 07:41:00
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