The FA have received severe backlash from fans and managers alike after it made two completely crazy rulings. Balotelli’s disgraceful challenge on Alex Song went unpunished and also QPR defender Shaun Derry’s wrongful red-card was upheld where Ashley Young was offside to begin with and furthermore not fouled anyway.
The comparison completely baffled Wenger who labelled it as ‘”unbelievable” why Shaun Derry’s red card suspension should be upheld where clearly on video he did nothing, yet Balotelli’s studs up challenge near Alex Song’s knee was completely overlooked, despite clear video evidence.
Wenger said to The Daily Express on the decisions by the FA:
The FA should change this rule.
I think we should have an exceptional committee of ethics to get over this issue.
The global situation does not make sense.
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For people who love football, it is difficult to understand.
If you put them together (the Balotelli and Derry rulings) it looks absolutely unbelievable that one is suspended and the other isn’t.
Both decisions relate to the rule where when an incident is seen and judged by an official, the matter can no longer be discussed. Obviously a rule that has clear limitations due to the potential of huge human error, as has happened in these cases.
What has happened to common sense? If a rule in the disciplinary handbook, through being upheld in certain circumstances, ends up completely contradicting the whole idea of fair disciplinary action it clearly shouldn’t be upheld.
Truly, it is sad to see that common sense is forced to take a back seat when poorly written rules have to be upheld…