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Thatcher charged and banned.

City have today confirmed that they have suspended Ben Thatcher until such time as an internal inquiry has been held by the board.

The suspension comes in the wake of a two week fine imposed the day after the game and is to be applauded at all levels.

Some of the criticism the club and manager has had to endure since Thatcher's assault on Pedro Mendes has bordered on the ridiculous. The villain was, and always will be Ben Thatcher. That he was representing Manchester City at the time is shameful but it is nice to see the club acting unilaterally and with purpose.

Regular readers know I am not some sort of apologist for Manchester City's board and management and am often far more critical than in agreement. On this occassion I applaud them for taking a stand and taking action far above the usual defence of players that is prevalent in football.

I accept Pearce's response on 90 minutes was in defence of the player, but having now seen a replay of the incident he has been only damning in his criticism of Thatcher. Remeber Stuart Pearce wasn't the only person in the ground to misread the assault, I do believe one Dermot Gallagher read it in similar circumstances.

All that said I am glad the club have suspended Thatcher, his actions were a disgrace. I am also glad to see the FA show a bit of spine and not hide behind a yellow card for once. Thatcher has been suspended by the club and charged by the FA. Everyone would now do will to keep their attacks directed at the person who aassaulted Pedro Mendes. That person is Ben Thatcher, not Manchester City, the FA or even the referee.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 25 2006

Time: 7:42PM

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He deserve's to be suspended for a long time, Mendes was lucky to not get a very serious injury. For once I am glad that the police are getting involved, the tackle was intent on doing serious injury absolutely nothing to do with playing football.
dazza71
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25/08/2006 20:53:00

Let's just get it sorted quickly and then move on
bluetone
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25/08/2006 21:07:00

He should be kicked out of football all together. He has a history of things like this, imagine what would happen if a player did this in Sunday league football....he'd be booted out, and charged by the police with assault.
Rocky7
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25/08/2006 21:14:00

There was no need for that sort of challenge. The police should step in and nick the twit on suspicion of causing ABH injuries!
tis_red
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25/08/2006 22:49:00

Ban him for life! He's used his elbow before and he's an utter disgrace to the sport.
KevinE
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25/08/2006 22:52:00

Although I am absolutely appalled by what Thatcher has done and hope the Club terminate his contract, people seem to have short memories, is this any worse than when Roy Keane took out Alf-Inge Haaland and then bragged about.
alphieblues
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26/08/2006 00:21:00

i'm a pompey fan. if he'd done this outside a pub he'd be looking at a custodial sentence. why should GBH on the football pitch be any different? i agree with alphieblues about Keane as well.
The Rabbi
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26/08/2006 08:31:00

alphieblues, we haven't got short memories, just what happened to mendes was a fuc**in disgrace, u seem to be ok with what occured, if you can't say anything decent, then keep it shut, u pri*k
eltoro
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26/08/2006 10:04:00

if that had been anywhere other than a football pitch swarming with physios pedro wud hav been left 2 die
retro hat
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26/08/2006 20:05:00

 

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