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Brighton fans haven’t taken news of FA stamp charge too well

4 years ago
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Brighton fans have been reacting to the news that Tomer Hemed has been charged with a stamp on DeAndre Yedlin.

The incident in Sunday’s game followed by an FA charge on Monday night, with the player and club having until 6pm today to decide if they want to contest the decision.

Interesting to see how another club’s supporters react when this kind of thing happens.

In the main Brighton fans are very much feeling the injustice – trial by TV etc etc, with the odd voice of reason.

Brighton fans responding to news of the FA charge via their top North Stand Chat message board:

‘This charge is ridiculous. Sky worked up and presenter went off on one. The incident was right in front of us in lower west and nobody around us had any thought it was deliberate.’

‘Feel sorry for Tomer.’

‘Accidental all day long, slow sporting news day, just the one game being played and he is just being made an example of to deter players even considering doing it in the future.

Reaction of Sky pundits is ridiculous.’

‘I still believe it was unintentional and that the FA’s hand has been forced, not by Newcastle, but by a TV company needing to justify its own existence.

There is no consistency in football.’

‘It’s clearly intentional if you stamp on someone, just because he wasn’t looking at his leg doesn’t mean he didn’t know where it was.’

‘Should be relatively straightforward for the club to prove it was not a stamp.

They must have data on the average stride length of Hemed and the velocity if his leg when it comes down in lots of different situations.

It should not be so hard to prove that the foot came down with a higher than normal force onto the player. With that you can show it is not a stamp.’

‘Not your typical stamp…..hemed off balance and looked like he needed to change his footing.’

‘I’ve finally got round to seeing it again and it’s very clear it’s a stamp. I remember thinking when he got taken out mid air that he was threatening to get revenge and he did it without me really noticing.

Definite three match ban and he deserves a big fine from the club for being so stupid.’

‘I am happy to criticise dumb and violent behaviour by our players but to me it looks like Tomer treads on the guy trying to maintain balance, not a deliberate attempt to stamp and injure Yedlin.’

‘If it wasn’t deliberate then surely the natural reaction to realising that you’d just stepped on someone’s leg by accident would be to turn and say “oh,sorry mate”, wouldn’t it?

His demeanour after the incident was as if nothing had happened. I don’t believe he wouldn’t have realised that he’d trodden on the guy’s leg…’

‘It’s turned into a big deal partly because we were the only game on Sunday, and it was the only major talking point so it’s been discussed to death in the media.’

‘The rear angle looks bad but gives some cause to think he was off balance. The front angle shows his eyes are on the ball from start to finish.’

‘The more I see it the more I think it was accidental.’

‘Do we honestly expect the FA to ever come out in our favour, I doubt it very much.’

‘Careful – you’ll start sounding like a Newcastle fan.’

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