Are Newcastle United The Eternal Victims?
Alan Pardew was intent on making his post-match Swansea interview about Jonjo Shelvey and penalties not being given.
I think the first penalty claim was a clear one, the ball hit the player’s arm which was away from his body, no question. In the good old (sensible?) days it wouldn’t have been a penalty as the player didn’t do it deliberately but these are today’s rules and you just know now that we’ll be leading/drawing at Old Trafford and the Mancs will get a penalty for something identical.
However, it is more the Shelvey incident I want to concentrate on, not that I believe it affected the result as we were already two down.
It is more the sense of injustice with the FA announcing they are taking no action. Debuchy wasn’t injured but we all saw what happened, even though Shelvey seemingly wants to believe nobody was watching on TV.
This is what he had to say;
“I didn’t mean anything by it, I didn’t intend to hurt another player or anything like that.
“I just squared up to him, you would do the same if anybody started on you in the street.
“It was nothing really, there’s times when you have got to be careful but the way I have been brought up is to stand up for myself. Whether it is on the football pitch or out on the road, if somebody comes up to you then I will square up to them.”
Well the pictures I’ve seen on TV are indeed Shelvey and Debuchy squaring up to each other BUT then Jonjo Shelvey thrusts his head forward and if he doesn’t make contact then I’d still reckon you’d struggle to get a sheet of paper between their bonces.
The really grating thing is that if it was one of our players you just know the FA would have found some rule to justify action.
The number of times we fall foul of the ‘rules’ – the ridiculous non-action when McManaman almost crippled Haidara, Coloccini sent off and banned even though he didn’t actually touch Suarez at Anfield, Cabaye retrospectively banned after the cup-tie at Brighton when it seemed something and nothing.
I also like Shelvey’s rhetoric, he sounds like a charva teenager, with talk such as ‘…if anybody started on you in the street’.
I always get the impression that with the FA ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’. In other words, if they do really want to find a way (‘rule’) to punish a player then they will find a way to do it
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