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Classy Kompany Delivers Measured Response

City captain Vincent Kompany has made a statement on his Facebook web page in response to confirmation of his 4 match ban for tackling Manchester united's Nani...

The man who should have had the honour of lifting the FA Cup last year has won a legion of admirers with his ambassadorial leadership since being handed the captain's armband permanently and his concise appraisal of developments surrounding this week's events are typical of the Blues organiser-in-chief.

The multi-lingual 25 year old Belgian international's comments make a refreshing change from the thicko drivel we've read on the subject issued by some of his peers:

'Dear all,

I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on. I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction 'if's' and 'maybe's?'

'Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it?

'Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it's for the wrong reasons. My understanding is that English football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition of its game. That is why hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch Premier League football and English referees have always been a key factor to that success in my opinion.

'So I don't agree with people saying that referees in this country aren't doing well as I think they are the best in the world. Hopefully common sense will prevail again in the future and I for one hope not to see consistency in sending offs and suspensions when the intent of a player is to win the ball.

'I'd like to add to this that I waited for the suspension to be confirmed before making any comments on the matter as I didn't want to give the impression that I was using the media as a tool to benefit my own personal agenda in this case. I'm not speaking on behalf of the club or anybody else, this isn't me defending myself, this is just me raising a genuine concern.

'If football fans decide I'm wrong in raising these concerns then I will have no problem in accepting the fact that times are changing again for our game.

Vincent Kompany.'

all times East Manchester
Tonight 19:45 Liverpool, The Etihad, LCSF1
Mo 16 Jan 20:00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2
We 01 Feb 20:00 Everton, Goodison Park, PL
Sa 04 Feb 17:30 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Su 12 Feb 16:00 Aston Villa, Villa Park, PL
Th 16 Feb 20:05 Porto, Estádio do Dragăo, ELR32
We 22 Feb 20:05 Porto, The Etihad, ELR32
Sa 25 Feb 17:30 Blackburn, The Etihad, PL

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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 11 2012

Time: 5:57PM

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fair play to the lad , I thought it was a great tackle and even a wus like Nani never complained !
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11/01/2012 18:08:00

Sorry kompany, it wasn't a good challenge; in fact it was at best careless and at worst reckless. Either way it was a fully justifiable red card (although, as he didn't catch him I personally would probably have just given a yellow - but I nor ManC fans were the ref!). The real tragedy here is that Kompany and others who disagree with the red card simply will not understand that the man at fault here is konpany. He should never have made a challenge like that which forced the ref to make the judgement he had to, when you do give a ref a 50/50 call to make by diving in with a two-footed challenge, don't be surprised if the decision made in that few seconds comes down against you. The 'moral' of all this - don't do it again, it's not like it was necessary, it was just very poor judgement by Kompany. Very poor judgement indeed for a player who I think is one of the top-class defenders in Europe.
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11/01/2012 18:13:00

A real captain, a true leader, Proud to be a Blue.
Barney Daniels
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11/01/2012 18:13:00

If that's a justified red card Ex then the game has gone to the dogs.
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11/01/2012 18:20:00

"'I'd like to add to this that I waited for the suspension to be confirmed before making any comments on the matter as I didn't want to give the impression that I was using the media as a tool to benefit my own personal agenda in this case" Good on you Vinnie, leave using the media as a tool to benefit your agenda to that old gin soak F******n.
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11/01/2012 18:23:00

In other news, Chris Foy has just de-friended Vinnie on Facebook.
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11/01/2012 18:24:00

4 games seems a bit harsh, but he is taking it like a man. Fair play to him.
Blue is the colour
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11/01/2012 18:35:00

Bluedub, the game has changed - alot. When we started having pitches that were always being watered in near prefect condition for high tempo, intense paced games, the 'protectionists' came to the fore - because the ability to hurt players like never before went up a couple of levels, injuries were now becoming career threatening again and again. People like Platini who remonstrated and campaigned long and hard against defenders/players who were physical, full-bloodied and prepared to tackle hard and mostly 'fair' - the diving, the acting were all tools used by the 'flair' players to claim they were always having their careers put at risk. The sums that players are now traded for mean that clubs also wanted their key assets protected (how many times over the years have you heard manager like taggart bemoaning the treatment of his star players?) they outlawed tackles from behind (who wants them back?) and tackles with studs up and showing etc etc...sadly, although most pundits and football managers don't say it clearly or loud enough the game now at the highest level is different from all other levels for one simple reason: it is now a non-contact sport and this trend will only continue. Culturally, for years the mantra was 'southern European/South American football good, Northern and central European traditional physical football - bad. So, the game has moved on, it's evolved - the sooner that everyone, including players admit it, the sooner we can have an honest debate about why tackles like Kompany's just don't fit and can't be part of the modern game....
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11/01/2012 18:51:00

I should add that in most PL academies, defensive coaches spend large parts of their time now telling youngsters 'to stay on their feet' and to never ever attempt 'sliding or two-footed' tackles - if you don't believe me, ask the head of your own academy.
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11/01/2012 18:54:00

The more the game is sanitised the less appealing it becomes to me.
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11/01/2012 19:02:00

Bluedub, wouldn't argue with that, but chances are we're now the old 'foggies' (I'm in my forties!) and that the kids will only know what they now see and for them it will be the norm i.e. a non-contact sport...I just came back from an academy this afternoon and was told that they try and teach their kids the Barca way of winning the ball back and thus avoid tackling where you might risk giving away a freekick in a dangerous area or worse and risk picking up yellow cards...the rational around not tackling within the final third was that with the modern ball the advantage was all with attackers because of the way it behaves - and I couldn't argue, because it's true!
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11/01/2012 19:14:00

the loss of Kompany could cost you the game tonight against Liverpool
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11/01/2012 21:41:00

...and it did nickster. Trebles all round at Taggarts Whisky a go go!
Johnny Baguette
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11/01/2012 22:21:00

Classy referee delivers two fingered riposte to Kompany's red card appeal - "Not if you wear a red shirt mate!" You couldn't make it up. For the record, although Johnson's tackle on Lescott was FAR worse than Kompany's on Ninny, I'd have been more than content with a yellow. That he didn't get booked must leave Vinnie feeling rather bemused at the moment. Will the FA take retrospective action on Johnson to be seen to be applying the "Laws of the game" consistently? Will they heck. Just wish there was an appeals process at the FA, because that incident would surely see Vinnie's ban rescinded!
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11/01/2012 22:56:00

Interesting stuff Ex. The way it seems to me in the modern game is that good tough honest players are crucified and cheats seem to prosper. Sad day for football. It's completely the opposite to the lessons I was thought playing football when I was young.
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12/01/2012 09:39:00

Glenda connected with the opposing player making it a bad tackle - Kompany did not - Glenda's tackle should have been red, Kompanys should not have even been a yellow
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12/01/2012 11:06:00

And you current site poll suggests that you lot feel MORE money is pumped into this band of mercs!?!?!?!?!?!
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12/01/2012 11:11:00

NW, I thought you were sensible, alas it seems you're just another sheep.
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12/01/2012 11:15:00

lol - just like throwing in a decent riposte or two to make it interesting lol
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12/01/2012 16:39:00


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