Player power out of control

FIRST Uefa, now the FA.

I despair that authorities fail to do their duty in terms of a responsibility to uphold the morality of behaviour in the sport.

There’s no need to revisit the Eduardo saga. I’ll be a old man before another high-profile footballer is brought to book for simulation. But I caught a flight out of Manchester airport last Sunday night feeling sure that the FA would hold Craig Bellamy and Gary Neville properly to account for their actions in the derby at Old Trafford.

Bellamy hit a supporter who’d run onto the pitch near the end of a dramatic encounter and Neville ran the length of the pitch to celebrate United’s winner in front of City fans.

Haven’t we been here before ?

I’d suggested that the FA would, wrongly in my view, allow Emmanuel Adebayor to escape with a reprimand and a fine – for what he did in the Arsenal match – since that’s all they’d done to Neville three years ago following a similar ‘celebration’ in front of Liverpool supporters.

But it beggars belief that Neville, effectively, gets away with it again and it’s even worse that the FA went along with the referee Martin Atkinson who’d “taken into account the emotion of the game” in regard to Bellamy.

I’m afraid it seems that players have a carte blanche to do whatever they like these days. Adebayor can sleep easy. There’ll be no further ban heading his way.


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