So FIFA President Sepp Blatter found a need to open his big, corrupt mouth on the weekend to comment on Wayne Rooney’s elbow incident at Wigan. “This is up to the discretion of the national association” he was quoted as saying “they can use video evidence in the discipline and control committee. If there’s violence the national association can intervene and punish a player – this is permitted. The FA should have thrown the book at him”. The man’s arrogance knows no bounds! So let me ask the untouchable President a simple question. What did FIFA itself throw at Hollands Nigel de Jong after his X Rated tackle on Spains Xabi Alonso during the World Cup Final?
Absolutely nothing because according to FA chairman David Bernstein “the instructions are not to overrule controversial incidents that have already been dealt with by the referee” he explained “I check this regulation with the Fifa executive and with other national associations regularly. In the Wayne Rooney situation, under Fifa regulations if the referee sees the incident, which in this case he did do, the FA has no authority except in what is called exceptional circumstances” he said “If you open the door to ‘halfway exceptional’ the floodgates will open.”
As you can see, Fifa itself had no room to move in the de Jong incident so why is Blatter getting involved in a Premier League one? How can the President advise the FA to dish out the sort of punishment that his own organisation are unable to?
Not that violent conduct should ever be condoned, far from it but some level of overall consistency has to be shown. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is now a football pundit on Australian television and made a lot of sense with his suggestion on the matter.
Melbourne Victory’s captain Kevin Muscat was once described as the ‘dirtiest player in football’ during his years at Millwall, Wolves and Glasgow Rangers and was recently involved in a sickening challenge on Melbourne Heart’s 20 year old Adrian Zahra which will keep the youngster out of the game for months. Although Bosnich and Muscat have been good friends for many years, Bosnich had no hesitation in suggesting that Muscat should be suspended until Zahra is able to make his comeback.
If a similar ruling existed in the Premier League for example, Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher’s brutal tackle on Nani at Anfield on Sunday will automatically see him suspended for as long as Nani takes to recover. Simple, fair and totally sensible. Maybe Blatter should consider something just as constructive rather than shooting off his mouth in order to grab a few headlines.
Will the suggestion made by Bosnich be doable?