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The FA Is Determined To Let Gerrard Play At OT

Upon reviewing the video evidence, Stuart Atwell indicated that he deemed his actions taken against Steven Gerrard on Monday during the Liverpool v Portsmouth game to be perfectly satisfactorily so no further punishment is required.

What happened? Well, Gerrard hit Michael Brown from behind, twice. Atwell awarded Portsmouth a free-kick and talked to Gerrard. Then in retrospect he did not believe that Gerrard's assault was worthy of a red card and a three-match ban.

Of course I never expected Saint Steven of England to be punished and I had made the point earlier that the reason of the FA's negligence might be that they consider Gerrard as a dead weight, one who's simply pulling Liverpool back and thus they are determined to let him play at Old Trafford, giving United the best possible chance of winning on Sunday.

Yet even this explanation, which assumes good intentions, can't stop my blood boiling at the thought of Rio Ferdinand getting a four-game ban while Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard - incidentally, both Liverpool players - get away with much worse offences. And after a review! So, Stuart Atwell really felt that Gerrard did nothing wrong. That is not a mistake: he simply did not want to see Gerrard punished. There's no other explanation because the offence was obviously worthy of a red card, just as it is my innocent belief that flicking the V-sign to a referee should get any footballer in trouble and no exception should be made to those called Steven Gerrard.

Still, at least Gerrard will get to play at Old Trafford. However, with this kind of assistance from referees, he might actually do some damage. Which will be another disgrace of the FA and the double standards they apply.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 16 2010

Time: 11:08PM

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As the ref dealt with it at the time, the FA can't take action. This is by their rules, not anything special, it's the same for everyone. Also find it funny about mancs claiming there is bias towards Liverpool in this country. The Irony. Not that I expect anyone on here to agree with that, as your all blinkered.
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16/03/2010 23:53:00

Yep we're all blinkered. I'd say you scouser**** take it u can make and break just like u want. Stevie me is the biggest**** to have ever graced a football pitch. Ps. From what i've seen the fa likes to watch benitez blow stevie me!
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17/03/2010 02:00:00

same for everyone?!! what world have you been living in?! Idiot!
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17/03/2010 05:28:00

my comment was towards the one who is named after the cocaine sniffing C***!
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17/03/2010 05:29:00

Seems to me the Mancs are scared of Steven Gerrard. Shame, they must be soiling their pants. Roll on Sunday, and another victory for Liverpool. I think 2-0 will be OK this time, we dont want to embarass them as badly this time.
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17/03/2010 06:57:00

Shut whinging you moaning manc idiots. Rules are rules, the refs saw BOTH incidents so the FA cannot act. Whats the matter, are you scared of him. You lot are OBSESSED with Liverpool Football Club, you never ever stop talking about us. Considering how s**t we are at the moment, I find it highly amusing. You will beat us anyway on sunday so concentrate on your own ****ing club and players.
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17/03/2010 07:57:00

Just as I thought. Not a single reasoned argument. Just the usual abuse. Like I said, blinkered.
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17/03/2010 08:43:00

The rules made by the F.A. state that if the ref sees the incident during the game then they can't take any action. The incident itself wasn't worthy of a red, maybe a yellow but Portsmouth did at least get a free kick. It's made to look worse as Gerrard is moving quicker past Brown, not to mention Brown making it look worse than it was, especially after elbowing Gerrard in the chest himself. Anyway had the ref not seen it and the F.A. taken action Liverpool would have probably followed Uniteds example and appealed the descision just so Gerrard could play in the weekend game knowing that the appeal probably wouldn't have been sucessful. Strange to see the United fans feeling hard done by considering an amazing 82% of 50/50 decisions go their way.
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17/03/2010 10:13:00

Gerrard the biggest ***** to grace a football pitch? I thought you gave that title to Terry.Its subjective hating.Hate players when they're about to play you.
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17/03/2010 11:15:00

Im not really sure why Liverpool fans are on here attempting to explain the finer details of how the FA rules work. We're all aware of why Steven Gerrard hasnt been banned - it really isnt rocket science guys. Our gripe is that the rules make no sense. Essentially the FA look at incidents of violent conduct and say if the referee made a genuine mistake and missed the incident - we will rectify his mistake and hand out the correct punishment. But if a referee is just bad at his job there is nothing we can do about it. To be honest, I'm not to bothered about the fact its liverpool. What annoys me is that the FA gave Rio an extra game ban for an apparently frivolous appeal. Asking for consistency in punishment cannot under any definition of the word be considered frivolous and the Gerrard incident simply highlights the fact that Rio had the right to appeal and should not have been punished further for doing so. What makes the decision more laughable is that whilst brown is requesting a 3 match ban - Fagan only found out he was the victim of violent conduct by watching sky sports news and described the decision to ban ferdinand as "bizarre".
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17/03/2010 14:33:00

Yet all through the article, it is all aimed at making it sound like Liverpool bias. Which is ridiculous, and that is our point.
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17/03/2010 16:53:00

Gerrard does seem to be loved by the FA, but I would rather us beat them while he's playing because nothing makes me happier than seeing Gerrard just give and be frustrated by the end of a match.
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18/03/2010 09:06:00

Oh look. Another comment claiming bias. Bit ridiculous? Surely if the FA loved him, they would of insisted on him being England captain? Oh but that doesn't fit in with the deluded argument.
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18/03/2010 09:50:00

Doesn't Capello pick the captain? He doesn't seem like the sort of man that would let a bunch of old****s tell him what to do.
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18/03/2010 11:08:00

Don't the FA pick the manager? Surely if the FA loved Gerrad, as much as your bunch claim, then he would be England captain. And if the FA loved Liverpool, then we wouldn't still be waiting for the league?
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18/03/2010 19:40:00


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