Sep 21st, 2015 by 'holic
After the minimalist (perm either of two words with disgrace) report from an alehouse in North End Road after the farce that was Saturday, I should comment on today’s announcement from the Football Association. At the outset I shall try to avoid the language that seemed entirely appropriate in the hours that followed the fiasco in Fulham.
Firstly, it will be a surprise to nobody, even those of the bluest hue, that Diego Costa is being charged retrospectively for his clashes with Laurent Koscielny. At this point it should be noted, on the credit side of the balance sheet, that Mike Dean and his officials have accepted (probably under advice) that they did not have a clear view of the incidents.
Apparently not a clear view of Costa flooring Koscielny. The odour of rodent is unmistakable.
The Football Association have gone further though. Gabriel finds himself on a further charge for not immediately leaving the field of play, simmering as he was at the injustice of what had just gone down. However we cannot condone what he did and any further punishment should be accepted without complaint. Interestingly the club have already appealed the three match ban citing the reduction from three matches to two for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic in February as a precedent. This may offset any additional punishment for the Brazilian.
Interestingly skipper for the day, Santi Cazorla, was also warned about his behaviour when leaving the field. He was engaged in a discussion with the fourth official about the nature of his second yellow card. Again we should accept this, learn a lesson, and move on.
Finally both clubs have been charged with failing to control their own players, and again, in the cold light of day it is hard to contest either charge.
There is one team however who totally failed to control what happened on Saturday, but nowhere will you see a charge laid firmly at the door of Mike Dean and his selectively sighted assistants. His punishment? He gets to referee West Ham against Norwich this weekend. Those with better eyesight will note that if Cyclops and his guides had spotted the Costa assaults on Koscielny and produced the entirely appropriate red card, then none of what followed would have occurred.
They directly affected the result of the match, they allowed a situation to arise which culminated in today’s additional charges, and their punishment? Another pay day, another opportunity for the egotistical Dean to be the star of the show.