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Ball Admits Stamping

Michael Ball accepted an FA charge for stamping on Cristiano Ronaldo in the recent derby game that almost sealed United's league title.

The City full-back stamped on Ronaldo's stomach in the second minute of the game when ref Rob Styles wasn't looking. He was lucky to avoid a straight red but in the 34th minute he got his punishment: he fouled Ronaldo in the box and the Portuguese converted the penalty.

Ten minutes from time, Ball almost made crucial impact again: this time he dived near Wes Brown to draw a penalty but Vassell missed that.

The FA made it clear that they would view a video evidence and he's charged with violent conduct.

'I deeply regret what I did and have accepted the FA's charge without hesitation. I have also sent a personal apology to Cristiano,' Ball told City's Web site.

'My action should not be seen on a football pitch and I know we have a responsibility at Premier League level to set a good example to the whole football community.'

Well, that was the least he could do. It will take United fans a very, very long time to forgive his despicable behaviour.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 8 2007

Time: 6:19PM

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After Arjen Robben , Winker Ronaldo is the second on the TOP 10 divers in football .
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08/05/2007 19:40:00

Sure he is idiot.
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08/05/2007 21:16:00

you forgot your hero gerro.. at least robben and ronaldo dont go out in the media and say they want diving out of the game and then the next match do exactly that, dive.. hypocrit that gerrard ey
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09/05/2007 09:20:00

Ball should be strung up by his!!!!!
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09/05/2007 17:28:00

I am not a Man U fan by any stretch but that was an appalling challenge. A 3 game ban is a let off in my opnion.
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09/05/2007 19:29:00

he should be banned for not properly stamping on him
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10/05/2007 17:41:00

Takeabowson! why don't you f*** off and watch a 2nd rate team and comment on them you pr*ck?
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10/05/2007 18:35:00

Pathetic, Stamping a winker gives you a 3 game ban, but almost pushing your knee through a goalies head gives you nothing? Pathetic....
Blue is the colour
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10/05/2007 22:57:00

I am commenting a second rate team. Do you reckon you came 3rd or fourth in the champions league?
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11/05/2007 00:30:00

and when do you think youll win the league again?
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11/05/2007 15:14:00

Not for a long long time!
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11/05/2007 16:19:00

You win the league to qualify for the champions league kiddo. How many prems do you think are equal to one champions league? (a clue is, its more than one)
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11/05/2007 23:09:00


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