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Cabaye Ban Upheld – Any Positives?

9 years ago
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Sadly, but predictably, Yohan Cabaye’s three match ban has been upheld by the appeals panel, I suppose at least it wasn’t increased! He will miss tonight’s match at Ewood Park, plus Villa at home on Sunday and Spurs away.

I’m just at a loss to understand how we have a situation whereby Cabaye gets such a punishment yet really dangerous tackles, or in the case of De Jong on Ben Arfa, ones that end up being career threatening injury, go relatively unpunished.

In the QPR match you had Cabaye carried off after a terrible Derry tackle, only for an even worse one on Santon right  on the touchline, yet the only punishment a couple of yellow cards. We could have lost two players for a substantial period and even the paltry yellow cards would have been of no benefit to us as no doubt somebody else would have been the beneficiaries of any totting up of bookings.

I think the trouble is we have cowards in positions of authority, the same as referees who fear the backlash of headlines from an Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, if they cross them.

If this appeal had been successful do you really think ESPN and the rest of the media would have left it alone? The FA are a joke and clearly haven’t got the balls to stand up and make the correct decisions, whatever the resulting headlines.

I’m struggling for positives but maybe Cabaye being out of the firing line might let him recharge his batteries and come back at the top of his game in a team featuring Tiote, Cissé and Ba.

Big responsibility on those in midfield tonight but where there is misfortune it creates opportunity if somebody can grasp it.

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