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Thatcher Fined and Banned.

Manchester City have banned Ben Thatcher for six games and handed him a six week fine for the assault on Portsmouth`s Pedro Mendes. Two matches and two weeks fine are suspended, effectively meaning Thatcher will miss four games and be fined somewhere in the region of 80,000

The club have acted unilaterally in an attempt to stave off some of the criticism thrown at it last week in the wake of Thatcher`s challenge. Some will argue that the club has not gone far enough whilst others will no doubt argue that Thatcher has been made a scapegoat for football`s ills. However, it must be remembered that the FA is still to act and City must be expecting an extension to the suspension they have already imposed on the player.

This site moved quickly to condemn Thatcher and stands by the club in support of the punishment handed out. In these days when manager`s appeal every red card, adopt selective blindness and seek to condone violent conduct, I am pleased that my club has stepped forward and said it will not accept behaviour such as Thatcher`s.
Thatcher now finds himself at a career crossroads. The FA is sure to extend his ban which will see a sustained run in the first team for Stephen Jordan. If Jordan maintains a consistent level of performance I believe it will be difficult for Thatcher to play for the club again.

Now what was that about City condoning their player`s actions? I hope other clubs have the bravery to follow suit when their player`s are guilty of violent conduct. Maybe then football will be seen as being able to police itself.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 31 2006

Time: 9:09AM

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Well done City. Have to say though, long term I hope he is fired off. The good name of the club is THE most important thing. Thatcher and City will only bring up one image in peoples minds now...
greyhound
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31/08/2006 09:27:00

It's a good move by City, although I feel that there will be more misery for Thatcher to follow when the F.A. Enquiry has finished.
Tantona
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31/08/2006 09:28:00

I'm a Pompey fan and i Fink that challenge was a disgrace and you Man City as good fans you are will probably agree. Honestly i don't hink Fine's do much unlees its very heavy like 200,000 pounds, so why not ban him for something like 3-4 months instead, but well done City anyway and lets hope you and us can get on with football!
Westov
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31/08/2006 09:38:00

The FA now have the opportunity to send out a strong message that this type of play will not be tolerated, hopefully he will get a season long ban which I think is the minimum that should be administered.
alphieblues
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31/08/2006 09:51:00

Totally agree. As a Pompey fan i was impressed with Man City. Personally i also agree with Harry saying any more and he should be banned for Life, but then how many chances do you get? Thatcher only recently put someone in Hospital on Man Citys friendly tour of China? And that was another nasty challenge bursting his lung. Maybe that should have been his final warning and he should now face a life ban already???? Either way, i dont see him playing for City again, i think he will be off loaded in January. If anyone will take him?
Terence
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31/08/2006 10:03:00

Well done Man City.
BisphamTangerine
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01/09/2006 00:35:00

Still think it's too lenient. Look how long you get banned for missing a drugs test! I think assaulting someone so brutally is more serious. Should miss the entire season IMO.
ValsPal
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02/09/2006 01:30:00

Is there a video I can see? How bad was it?
USA
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02/09/2006 02:17:00

USA...Yo can watch the whole gruesome affair on the following link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTRaS7ffyWg
alphieblues
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02/09/2006 10:22:00

It's a start Vals ...... MCFC know there is more to come. First club I have seen that haven't pleaded innocent (or blind) ... check rag responses to Cantona and Keane ..... Arse to Davies ... etc etc
ronin
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02/09/2006 23:08:00

Good to see City dealing with this sensibly.
sandgroanun
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03/09/2006 16:46:00

great stuff city
zipadeedoodah
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03/09/2006 17:52:00

I'm happy with the punishment issed to thatcher. It was a disgracefull challenge. I still think the FA will do something too. Not just for Mendes case but for his conduct over the past few years in general. This was just the icing on the cake.
POMPEYMEV
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05/09/2006 09:41:00

 

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