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Van Persie Banned For Celebration & Cynical Lunge

Van Persie Banned For Celebration & Cynical Lunge

Vital Manchester City regular, MCFC_Goatboy sent us the following:

I see a lot of articles and press coverage about Adebayor's celebration and his alleged stamp on Van Persie on Saturday. It was out of is his fault the fans mutated into thugs....lets lay all the blame on him and ban him.

So what exactly did he do? He sprinted the length of the pitch and slid onto his knees in front of the travelling Arsenal support. This apparently is enough to make grown men to start throwing coins, bottles, chairs (anything they could get their hands on) onto the pitch and at the ground staff (knocking one steward unconscious).

Now what about Van Persie?

He scored and ran straight to his supporters in joy? No. He went straight to the City fans and started to swear at them. More than Adebayor did. With no reaction more aggressive than a few V signs going his way. What is wrong with us! That's not how it should be done. Just ask the section of Arsenal fans from the Adebayor goal. The police have received a complaint about Van Persie but no investigation has yet been started.

Now on to the alleged stamp. It does look bad. To me there does seem to be some change of movement there but I can't be sure. In the end I'm sure he's going to get a three match ban for it and if he did actually intend to do then so be it.

Van Persie, the poor victim of a brutal attack though? Take a look at the stamp video again and look at Van Persie's challenge. I'm pretty sure that two footed lunges are red card offences. Is this going to be reviewed by the disciplinary panel too?

So Adebayor is in trouble for both his celebration and the challenge but should Van Persie be getting just as many headlines? Arsenal fans will say no obviously because they apparently did no wrong on Saturday, according to most of the articles and comments I've read.

I'm a Blue so I say yes? The neutral I've no idea. I'd hope so but everyone wants to see the 'Arab' club fail so I don't know. What do you think?

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Date:Monday September 14 2009
Time: 8:40PM


I agree Goat - if he meant it, he deserves the punishment. As for the celebration thing, I know the FA don't like it, but the City fans didn't act the same way when Persie did it, but worse (and before Ade did for that matter). Of course Persie's tackle could have been nasty, but it turned out it wasn't so it get's lost in the 'stamp' incident. On the up side of all of this, some reporters are likening the incident to Cantona's lunge into the crowd (unbelievable I know), and he came back a much better player. Can you imagine Ade better than he is now? Bloody hellfire! We won't need a squad of 11, just him and Given!
14/09/2009 20:49:00
You mean Adebayor? :) I do agree with you're point. How does running across the pitch and sliding on you;re knees cause the fans to mutate into animals, and begin hurling things, they're grown men!
14/09/2009 20:50:00
As a neutral i think Ade should get a 3game ban for the kick to the face and Arsenal should get a fine for failing to control their fans. (not sure what that fine should be, maybe a game behind closed doors?) As for Ade and Van Persie celebrations I'm ok with both.
14/09/2009 20:52:00
Punishing players for celebrating scoring is a joke..... but after Ade's raking of Van Persies face I have no sympathy. If he were banned for 10 games I'd have only one complaint; who benefits? it won't be Arsenal or Van Persie but the teams Citeh meet with a weakened team. Man City should be deducted a point and it should be awarded to Arsenal. Afterall if he'd got a deserved red for the VP incident he would not have been on the pitch to score, maybe Arsenal would have then avoided the defeat. (BTW I'm no gooner, shudder the thought, puke...)
14/09/2009 20:55:00
10 games? Christ did Roy Keane get that for crippling Alfie Haaland?
Johnny Baguette
14/09/2009 21:01:00
from the heart he meant to stamp on his hand for me, and if found guilty then a 3 game ban he deserves (after the derby thou! ;) ), as for persy it was a very rash challenge and could of broken a leg had ade not jumped and he should be given a 1 game ban, what also should be taken into account is ades run and he stayed on his feet had he gone down inside the box under one of them tackles then we would of had a pen and the arsenal player would of prolly got sent off, this should be seen as an act of honesty and praised because if he really did have it in for arsenal alls he had to do was fall over and there down to 10 men, this has been blown out of all proportions and its all down to the PRESS
14/09/2009 21:01:00
pantyhoes deducted a point and given to arsenal? LAUGH ive never heard anything so pathetic in my life and ive got kids!, how many players stay on the field that should get sent off over a season? LOADS you cant use excuses like that its PATHETIC, how many players have we all had sent off for almost NOTHING? AGAIN its LOADS, the fact is arsenal are very sore losers, and are trying to pull the wool over there supporters eyes over there shortcomings!
14/09/2009 21:10:00
So he hasn't been banned for celebrating or lunging cynically then? Wow way to go with journalistic integrity there fellas! Rather a tawdry and bitter article, with a huge slab of unwarranted paranoia to round it off. I have no problem with Arsenal being sore losers, wouldn't ever want my club to be happy about losing. I find sore winners far stranger, and all we have heard from you chaps is anger, bile, bitterness and the aforementioned paranoia, is this the 'paradise syndrome' we keep hearing about?
14/09/2009 21:28:00
Mark You missed the point I'm making; that we need to look at the whole punishment regime and adjust it so that the victims get benefit of any judgement. With Ade banned it's MUFC who will benefit next week, and the week after....
14/09/2009 21:33:00
When I submitted it I had a question mark at the end of the title.... as for your reply.... you're right it was a bitter article. I'm bitter because of the blatant double standards and the fact Adebayor has been hung out to dry by the press and Van Persie is coming away from it looking like an angel when his behaviour was just as bad. His celebration was worse.... I said Adebayor deserves a ban if he ment it.... I'm just questioning why RVP is getting away scot free.
14/09/2009 21:34:00
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