Back in 2009, Frank Lampard got a red card against Liverpool overturned by the FA for a late tackle on Xabi Alonso.
The preceding season, John Terry got his sending off against Man City withdrawn despite lunging in on their striker Jo on the halfway line.
Nenad Milijas wasn’t so fortunate for little old Wolves though, as his clean, fair challenge on Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is still deemed to be a red card offence, despite video footage and every single pundit across the country thinking otherwise.
The two Chelsea players happened to be playing for their country you see, while the bloke from Serbia was just daring to play for lowly Wolves at Arsenal.
It’s no wonder FIFA think the FA are a xenophobic bunch of hypocrites, when only last month they were appealing Wayne Rooney’s crude thigh raking kick against Montenegro.
At least we have learned one thing for certain during this twisted decision to uphold Stuart Attwell’s attempt to pevert the course of justice at the Emirates Stadium.
Namely, that the FA are a spineless, corrupt organisation who place pecking order over impartiality.
If our red card case was seen before a Magistrate, the court clerk would have thrown the hearing out for wasting everyone’s time.
On past crimes alone, Stuart Attwell would have been the man in the dock for his latest example of incompetence and not us, only weeks after blundering at White Hart Lane when sending off Gary Cahill.
Only three seasons after awarding a goal at Vicarage Road that never even existed.
But this is the Premier League world we live in folks.
A world where fair play and self deprecating hard graft by both manager and players is penalised, yet incessant Ryan Shawcross-style haranguing is applauded.
After Dick Turpin conquered against Newcastle at Molineux this season (Mark Halsey), Anthony Taylor was next to turn fair play on its head by refusing to send off Woodgate for Stoke when playing at the same place.
Coincidence? Add in the following from the 2010/11 season off the top of my head:
- James Perch trip on Jarvis at home to Newcastle while winning 1-0. No penalty.
- Gallas assault on Jarvis at White Hart Lane in 6 yard box while winning 1-0. No penalty.
- Stephen Warnock pre-meditated studs-up challenge for Villa not earning second yellow, let alone red. Warnock sets up Heskey for the winner.
- Fabregas scything, stretcher inducing challenge on Ward for Arsenal at Molineux. No red, Fabregas sets up second goal.
- Stearman headed, winning goal against Spurs disallowed at Molineux when punched in head by Gomez. Free kick awarded to Spurs.
I could add an endless list of howlers from the season before, when we were shafted more times than a rent boy on an initiation; such was our own induction to the world’s ‘greatest league.’
(Dunne rugby tackle on Doyle at home to Villa – no penalty; Wilson catching the ball for Portsmouth at home – no penalty; Fellaini assault on Doyle at Everton – no free kick and Everton then score)
Can anyone name one decision we have got in our favour in all this time?
And all the while, our stoic, honest manager turns the other cheek and shakes each referee’s hand as they walk off the pitch to daub another indiscretion on the dressing room wall for the next cheat to laugh at.
Pulis and Warnock decide go to work on the 4th official from kick off instead, in their unique interpretation of the Respect the Ref campaign.
It’s no wonder Stephen Hunt says we should start playing the game ‘properly’ like every other club does, in an attempt to level up a surface which is rapidly becoming unplayable.
If Mick McCarthy had any bollocks, he’d be saying the same thing right now and Steve Morgan would be bankrolling every single forthcoming fine.
It might pain the FA and the Premier League to admit it, but John Terry wasn’t the first centre half to win 100 caps for his country (He was the first to screw a teammate’s wife and call a fellow pro a f**king black c**t though)
Billy Wright CBE was, and he wore the gold shirt of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The same Wolverhampton Wanderers that stuck floodlights on their stands when no other club had the inclination.
Floodlights to capture nights of European football that the great Stan Cullis dreamed up, which Stuart Attwell’s chosen few are still dining out on today.
If the FA and the Premier League would prefer to treat our gold with distain while masturbating over Sheikh Mansour’s, then let them.
But not before we’ve let them know exactly how we all feel about it.
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