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Video: The Glen Johnson Tackle On Lescott

Video: The Glen Johnson Tackle On Lescott

My challenge to the Football Association. If the governing body of English football want to be taken seriously by any player, manager or supporter in this country, then they must immediately ban Glen Johnson for three matches following his dangerous, two-footed challenge on Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott in the Carling Cup semi final at the Etihad Stadium.

The challenge by Johnson comes only days after Vincent Kompany was subjected to similar punishment for a similar challenge on Luis Nanny in the FA Cup against Manchester United. Kompany is serving a 4 match ban, as his tackle was deemed to have endangered an opponent, despite the fact that Kompany appeared in control of his actions and won the ball cleanly without actually touching the opposition player. Glen Johnson's challenge was far worse, as he lunged, studs up into the challenge and caught both the player and the ball.

Now in an ideal world I would not be calling for Johnson to be penalised in such a fashion. Common sense would suggest that his foul on Lescott was a yellow card offence at best. However, the fact remains that Johnson's foul was at least a degree of magnitude worse than the incident involving Vincent Kompany. Incidentally, I also believe that common sense, if applied to Vincent Kompany's challenge would have seen him punished by nothing more than a booking.

Sorry to all Liverpool fans who don't think a red card and three match ban for their player is fair - and I agree with you - it's not fair. Banning Vincent Kompany for a similar but less severe challenge is equally unfair, and would seem to fly in the face of common sense. Unfortunately for the Football Association, a precedent has been set, and the type of challenge we witnessed this evening has now clearly been outlawed by the game's authorities.

So in order to avoid any ambiguity, accusations of bias or sense of injustice amongst Manchester City supporters, I am calling for the FA to be consistent in its handling of disciplinary matters and retrospectively ban Glen Johnson. Once again, apologies to all Liverpool fans, but unfortunately I don't make the rules - the FA do, and they simple must adhere to them - anything else would be cowardly and to the detriment of the game.

Shall I hold my breath?

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Date:Thursday January 12 2012
Time: 7:45AM


Match ref Lee Mason ignored this one didn't he. Barsteward!!
12/01/2012 07:53:00
What good would it do for Johnson to be banned? None whatsoever. Mancini, as he was entitled to do, highlighted the hypocrisy within the FA and the Referee's Association. Leave it at that I say. Hopefully the two associations have a long hard look at themselves and see how they can adress this, maybe by being transparent in the appeal process ie put in writing the findings of the appeal and maybe the Refs Assoc. will think twice before blindingly backing their man again. One last thing, this challenge was indeed more dangerous than Kompany's but did you see any City players screaming in the ref's face, no because they have a bit more class than that, are you reading Stretford?
12/01/2012 08:04:00
If anyone needed convincing of the old guard protectionism of the erstwhile Big Four, then this tackle is it. Not one shred of Kompany style tackle analysis in The Street of Shame this morning. Rather an attempted portrayal of Mancini as a nutcase and Gerrard the upstanding no nonsense English footballer. Dalglish of course "didn't see it." Rival fans can say what they want but I'd challenge them not to have gone ape***** had events that have hit City this week struck their club.
Johnny Baguette
12/01/2012 08:10:00
Or simply recind the red card for vinnie and call it a draw.
Buzz Lightyear
12/01/2012 08:12:00
I think we should have put vinnies up to compare the two and then had a poll.
Buzz Lightyear
12/01/2012 08:13:00
Like I said, I don't think Glen Johnson deserves a ban for that tackle - a yellow card challenge at worst, and we move on. Unfortunately, the FA made their bed over Vinnie, now it's time to lie in it. They'll probably hide behind the old "The ref dealt with it at the time, we can't do anything else" waffle that serves them so well when they want to duck the issue, but can I also point out that there were actually TWO of these challenges from Liverpool players that went unpunished? Andy Carrol slid in two footed on Gael Clichy as well, causing the City left back to leap out of the way and into the advertising hoardings - a tackle as bad as Johnson's, and we got rewarded with.... a throw in. If the FA don't want to look like total hypocrites, they can at least do something about Caroll's tackle based on video evidence, surely? As with the Johnson challenge, I really do not think Carrol deserves a retrospective red card and subsequent 3 match ban, but hey, it's the letter of the law according to the inconsistent buffoons at the FA, so I want it applied in both cases. Don't blame me for demanding the rules are enforced, the law is a ass.
12/01/2012 08:25:00
12/01/2012 08:32:00
ha ha. I'm only kidding. Disgrace really. These things happen though. What really gets my goat is Kenny Dalgleish. The guy is an absolute kock. Such a bell when it comes to public relations. My admiration for Mancini is growing as well. good fella. Good manager. We all want to see city trip up, it's natural, but he seems to have a touch of class (most of the time)
12/01/2012 08:34:00
Not bitter at all - just trying to point out the extreme stupidity and inconsistency in the laws ad the interpretation of the laws of the game. Neither Carrol nor Johnson deserved a sending off or ban for those tackles, but if we're forced to do without our captain for 4 matches for what was a much less dangerous challenge, then the FA can either bleeding well admit it made a mistake and reduce Vinnie's ban to 1` game (served last night) or it can ban Johnson and Carrol for three matches each. Not fair, not sensible, but City were told in no uncertain terms that that type of challenge is serious foul play, let the squirming muppets at the FA apply the law equally. They won't of course, because banning Johnson and/or Carrol would make them look incredibly stupid, and they might actually have to have a rethink on the rules surrounding how referees interpret such challenges. Either way, the FA come out of this looking like incredible hypocrites and it is immediately obvious to me that they are simply not fit to gevern the game any more (if they ever were), as they really just seem to make things up as they go along, and unfortunately, we're the ones getting shafted by their inconsistency.
12/01/2012 08:50:00
fifthcolumnblue, you and fans of about 14 other teams think youre being shafted. Everton are still moaning about Rodwells red card, even though it was rescinded. Against Newcastle at Anfield, Cabaye made an absolutely disgusting leg-breaking challenge on Spearing. Spearing really was lucky not to have his leg broken in two. Cabaye wasnt even booked. Refs make bad calls in every single game. Kompanys tackle wasnt a red card, most people agreed on that and your manager was very vocal about it not being a red. However, the FA was never going to rescind it as Fergie had stuck his oar in after the game to ensure it wouldnt be rescinded. That however, does not make Johnsons tackle a red card. It was a yellow card yes, but not a red. So to call on the FA to act and ban him for 3 games is plain childish. Just because a decision went against you in one game doesnt mean you can start whinging and crying to get it evened up with bad decisions for you in other games. Also, whinging about preference to the old top four from refs? Jesus, I've always liked Citys fans and respected your support of the club even when it was in the 3rd tier of English football but I didnt think you whinged and moaned about refereering decisions like those kocks from Salford. You are not the only ones who have been shafted by their inconsistency and you wont be the last. Everyone suffers from their completely inefficient and haphazard governance of the game. The FA are an absolute joke and have been for many years but dont play the victim and think you are the only ones. I thought City fans knew the game better than that.
12/01/2012 09:49:00
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