I didn’t get a chance to sound off on The FA’s decision yesterday to not charge Callum McManaman for his horrific foul on Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara. The way I see it, The FA were going by the rules of their organization. And those rules need to be changed. Because one of the referee team saw the incident on Sunday, but failed to see how bad a challenge it was by McManaman, the FA disregarded the incident. If none of the refereeing team had seen the incident, then the FA could have taken action.
That rule needs to be changed to let the FA step in and make a better decision after the fact.
If they don’t change the rule, it sets a worrying precedent for the FA where similar instances may occur on the pitch, and footballers may feel that they can get away with severe fouls knowing full well that they may not even receive a slap on the wrist.
Here are today’s Premier League news headlines:
- Tony Pulis may have taken Stoke City as far as he can in Premier League — The Guardian
- Rio Ferdinand saga: What happened to picking a team and playing a game of football? — The Mail
- Fulham take option to keep Martin Jol on as manager for another year — The Guardian
- Michael Owen expected to become a BBC television and radio pundit — The Mail
- Callum McManaman will not face FA charge over Haïdara tackle — The Guardian
- EPL could introduce January break to accommodate winter World Cup in 2022 — The Mail
- Newcastle criticise Football Association for not banning Callum McManaman — The Guardian
- Newcastle coach John Carver is charged over reaction to Callum McManaman’s tackle — The Mirror
- Premier League warned over ‘rich and poor’ split in wake of TV deal — The Guardian
- Swansea City’s Michu ‘on verge’ of Spain call-up, says Guillem Balague — This Is South Wales
- Norwich fail in appeal over Mark Bunn’s red card — The Independent
- England may use Michael Carrick in defence in San Marino qualifier — The Guardian
- Sir Alex Ferguson hails Swansea City as Premier League team of the year — Wales Online
- England’s Steven Taylor says Fabio Capello thought he was midfielder — The Guardian
- Manchester United legend Gary Neville buys stock exchange building — The Mail
- Reading hope for new manager by weekend as Russian owner flies in — The Guardian
- Sky Sports pay-as-you-go streaming arrives on Now TV for £9.99 per day — The Verge
- Premier League will feel pressure to distribute more of its TV riches — The Guardian
- Mark Noble injury: West Ham midfielder set to miss rest of season after surgery — The Mail
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