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Perspective: Keane 2001 v Adebayor 2009



One of the most notorious incidents involving a Manchester City player happened when Roy Keane shattered Alfe-Inge Haaland's knee in 2001. Fast forward to 2009...

As top flight English football continues to move towards a time when it will have to become a none body contact sport if it is to avoid the barrel scraping hack fuelled hysteria we've seen in the past few days, it's worth taking a snapshot back in time in this Manchester derby week to see how attitudes to the game and the punishments meted out have evolved, or failed to.

Royston Vasey Keane, who spoke out in support of Emmanuel Adebayor this week was charged a pisspoor 5,000 and received a 3 match ban for the shocking challenge that ended Haaland's football career at the swamp. Many people often think that his ban was far more severe, but that only became the case a year later when Keane revealed in his biography that the attack was pre-meditated. He chillingly wrote:

'I'd waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that, you c***.'

The Ipswich Town manager was then immediately fined by a Football Association playing catch up and banned for 5 more games with a 150,000 fine while Haaland slipped into retirement.

Contrast that episode with the strong likelihood of Adebayor receiving the self same three match ban for his reaction to Robin Van Persie's lunge last Saturday.

Furthermore, Adebayor had offered an apology to van Persie before the dutchman went to the press. Mark Hughes explained: 'Emmanuel strongly maintains that there was no malice intended in the challenge on Robin van Persie and apologised to him when he hugged him on leaving the field of play at the end of the game.'

Is Adebayor really as evil as Piers Morgan and his Arsenal mates make out he is?

With Keane in mind, look back to only last season when the hapless FA banned Shaun Wright-Phillips on video evidence for three games for kicking out (and missing) Rory Delap who had smacked a ball into his midriff at close quarters.

Of course, you could go on, but we're getting close to the point where it's time to give over as the inconsistencies that rule the English game threaten to all but engulf it whenever a tidal wave of hysteria grips a tabloid, celebrity witch-hunt obsessed nation.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 4:41PM

Your Comments

Bull*****e. He deserves a one match ban and maybe a token fine for the stamp. Any charge on the goal celebration will be lucridous.
JT_daniel
No way Adebayor should be equated with Keane. Keane was a thug, a commonplace thug.
JT_daniel
How Keane was allowed to carry on playing after admitting he went into the game trying to inure him... and succeeded I'll never know. If memory serves me right the 'extra' ban he got was just when he was out for a few months injured anyway so he didn't actually miss any games he wouldn't have anyway.
MCFC_Goatboy
Er, JT. This article throws spotlight on what a disgrace it would be for Adabeyor to receive the same treatment as Keane.
Johnny Baguette
That's right goat. The thug retired after that. Imagine how Arsenal fans would have reacted!
Johnny Baguette
JT. Violent conduct charges usually result in an immediate 3 match ban. Stunning when you consider what the FA have allowed to go before.
Johnny Baguette
what we need to do is be cunning and say ade is too ill on wed for his appeal lols it will then be postponed to a later date and will miss the friday deadline hehehe, i say why not its ok to cheat on the pitch through diving, ,,, on a serious note thou he will get 3 games for the stamp and 1game for the celebration with 2 games suspended (for if you do it again) even thou its harsh for the celebration i think i would be happy with that 4 games all in all
mark.mcfc.wedged
It's still a large chunk out of our season mark, especially at a time when the side has fused so well so quickly and are capable of dicking any side at full strength. Anyway, if the rags pull further clear of Arsenal in the league, then more fool their fans for their ban Adebayor campaign.
Johnny Baguette
we have to take this one on the chin johnny, our day will come, lets just hope the FA are consistant enough to punish all the other players in the same way to, if ade is made an example of then it should be made VERY CLEAR by the FA that from now on the same thing will happen to every player who behave in the same manner, and it should also be made very clear that any fan seen to be taking the banter too far with abuse will be arrested on the spot
mark.mcfc.wedged
Admirable sentiments Mark but the FA's scattergun, populist, hack reactionary policy is sure to continue. But I agree we will emerge all the stronger from this. We're under siege.
Johnny Baguette
I'll quite happily accept a three game ban for violent conduct, because whatever anyone says, the slow-mo images look pretty damning, and anything less would cause outrage. But to change the rules and ban Adebayor for "improper conduct" because several hundred mindless haters amongs the arsenal support couldn't behave themselves is absolutely ridiculous. The letter of the law states that Ade received a booking for his actions and that should be that. Unfortunately, the hysteria surrounding this issue is likely to lead the FA to give him a right kicking, whilst forgetting about any wrong doing from Robin van crybaby.
fifthcolumnblue
Although I desperately want City to win any trophy the only decent thing to come out of this should he get a 3 match ban is that he will only miss 2 league matches as we have the Carling Cup next Wednesday. The main problem is that he misses the game against those gobby, glory hunting ********s on Sunday!
Kevinho
keane,a failure for ireland,a failure for ipswich.enough said.
mcfcirish
 

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