Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Time to lay off Thatcher

Time to lay off Thatcher

Yesterday's fantastic victory over the Gooners was just the tonic City needed after what has been a bit of a traumatic week for the club.

Now before everyone gets even more hot under the collar and shoots me down, let me just say:

1) What Thatcher did to Mendes is indefensible and one of the worst incidents I've seen on a pitch and he deserves the book to be thrown at him, which it no doubt will

2) There is no place in football for this sort of behaviour and we at the City Vitalfootball network were one of the first to publicly condemn Thatcher's behaviour.

What needs to happen now is for a quick resolution, so that the player and club can move on; something I'm sure Mendes himself would welcome.

Some of the stuff I've read and heard recently has been out of all proportion, which is why this issue needs to be dealt with quickly now. I can't understand why the FA hearing will not take place until September 12th - why can't it be done on Tuesday morning?

Our own poll indicated that two thirds of you want to see his contract terminated with the remainder satisfied with a fine and ban. But, how much worse was Thatcher's tackle than Michael Brown's on Giggsy this week? I It was worse without doubt, but not by much; lucky for Brown that Thatcher has defected the spotlight away from himself.

I'd like to see City put and end to it early this week and announce a hefty fine and a ban that would see Thatcher not play again for the Club in 2006. Football needs aggression, but not violence and nothing but a severe punishment will do in this instance.

Finally, let's not forget the victim here and wish Mendes a speedy recovery, but let's also not lose sight of the fact that a big loser in all this has been Manchester City and once again our club's name has been dragged through the mud as a result of individuals who should know better. I want to be writing articles about football and not this sort of stuff..... roll on our next game against Reading and let the football do the talking!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday August 27 2006
Time: 9:15AM

Best of Vital Network


The outcome to this is very straightforward City should terminate his contract then we can all move on.
27/08/2006 10:52:00
How about a transfer to the Makems - that should be punishment enough !
28/08/2006 13:22:00
If missing a drugs test warrants a lengthy ban then so should deliberately assaulting someone. I have no doubt that whatever punishment he receives will be far too lenient. I don't think MCFC, or Pearce, have been vocal enough in their condemnation of Thatcher's behaviour.
30/08/2006 22:17:00
he's been suspended indefintely, he'll receive a lengthy ban and fine and Pearce has said his actions were indefensible - that's not bad for starters !
30/08/2006 23:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

10 Teammates Who HATE Each Other

YouTube channel, 'Football Daily' go through their top 10 teammates who HATE each other.

Points Warning Over Disabled Access?

Calls for Premier League clubs to finally get their seating arrangements in order for disabled fans across the country have continued this week...

Football Manager's Scouting Network: World's Largest?

The developers of Football Manager say they believe their scouting network is now the largest in the world, with 1300 scouts in 51 countries.

The Pie Premier League

Who ate all the pies? One football fan has already sampled 60 different football pies in a quest to find the best one.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Vincent Kompany play ANY part against Southampton on Sunday?
Suggested By: Tudor
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 1 1 19 11
2 Arsenal 8 6 1 1 19 10
3 Spurs 8 5 3 0 18 9
4 Liverpool 8 5 2 1 17 8
5 Chelsea 8 5 1 2 16 6
6 Everton 8 4 3 1 15 6
7 Man Utd 8 4 2 2 14 5
8 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
9 Crystal Palace 8 3 2 3 11 2
10 Watford 8 3 2 3 11 0
11 AFC Bournemouth 8 3 2 3 11 0
12 WBA 8 2 4 2 10 1
13 Leicester City 8 2 2 4 8 -6
14 Burnley 8 2 1 5 7 -6
15 West Ham 8 2 1 5 7 -8
16 Hull City 8 2 1 5 7 -12
17 Middlesbrough 8 1 3 4 6 -4
18 Stoke 8 1 3 4 6 -9
19 Swansea 8 1 1 6 4 -7
20 Sunderland 8 0 2 6 2 -9
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 23 2016 1:30PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette224
3.Buzz Lightyear190
5.Colin Is The King99
Write for Vital Football