With a bit of luck, Jamie Carragher will go around for at least one more season at Liverpool. Nani should be hoping so because there are times when justice must be self extracted unless it’s meted out fairly. Of course, I’m talking about Carraghers vicious assault on Nani at Anfield for which he completely escaped any sort of punishment from the authorities. Manchester United were understandably so angered that Carragher was refused entry to their dressing room to apologise for his tackle after the match. Such was the ferocity of the Liverpool player’s challenge that the gash to Nani’s right calf cut right through to the bone.
To then rub salt into Nani’s wound, the FA confirmed that Carragher will not face any retrospective action because referee Phil Dowd has concluded that he stands by his original decision to dispense only a yellow card for the challenge. And please don’t bring up the case of Wayne Rooney at Wigan because that was childs play in comparison.
So what can Nani do to get some sort of justice? It appears that his only option is to patiently wait until the two sides meet next season and hope that his assailant will face him again. If this sounds vindictive, it is because no footballer should be allowed to go into a challenge with the clear intention of badly injuring a fellow professional, then get away with it scott free.
Some players have very long memories, I hope and pray that Nani is one of them.