Date:Sunday May 4 2008
SHOULD we be shocked? Should we be surprised? No. Quite simply because it's the Welsh F.A., the Peter Kay's of the football world.
Cast your minds back to January. It's Burnley taking on Arsenal, Third Round of the F.A. Cup and the Clarets are loosing by a goal to nil but outplaying the Premiership toppers.
Kyle Lafferty flies into a challenge, wins the ball, but sees his foot bounce off the ball to clip Gliberto Silva. Red card. Three match ban.
So Owen Coyle appealed the decision because it was a very bad one at that and got a result that saw the Northern Irish International miss FOUR games, for a perfectly legal challenge.
Bare that in mind. Ok, set the scene, April 26th, 90minutes on the clock, Andrew Cole and Darren Purse racing towards the ball in the middle of the park.
Cole gets to the ball first to be hacked down by Purse's very high challenge that resulted in the former Manchester United front man needing 10 stitches after seeing a chunk of his leg be ripped out.
If Lafferty was a four match ban, this should see the 30-year-old Purse miss atleast Cardiff's cup final (two games). But no.
Dave Jones, the Cardiff gaffer claimed the red card was unjustified, I don't know where he got that from but anyway Wales' second sexiest man of 2006 decided to appeal to the Welsh F.A. and surprise surprise he was let off.
And to top it off it was a Cardiff City season ticket holder who over turned the red card. Kieron O`Connor, 54, is a regular at Ninian Park, supporting the club since he was a child, and yet somehow he was the head of the disciplinary panel.
Do you think this case is a fair one? No? Me neither.
Imagine having our very own Jeff Brown (you know the one, you buy one you get one free, I say you buy one you get one free), as the head of the disciplinary panel that will decide Clarke Carlisle's sentence for his red card at Crystal Palace this afternoon (Sunday).
'The Welsh F.A. are a complete joke'.
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Date:Sunday May 4 2008
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