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Disgraceful FIFA Need Rules Shake-up after Boswinga Let-off


When I first saw the news that Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa will not be punished for his blatant stamp on the back of Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun in yesterday’s Premier League clash, my first reaction was one of complete and utter disgust.

How can such a violent act be overlooked when Frank Lampard receives a red card and three-match ban for a clean tackle?

The lack of punishment highlights how outrageous FIFA’s current laws are. Currently, a player cannot receive punishment after a game if the incident in question was seen by one of the match-day officials on the day – which is what happened in Bosingwa’s case. That is completely ludicrous when it allows a player to get away with a disgraceful stamp on the back of another professional, as seen at Anfield yesterday.

I’m sure the FA would like to do something about it, but unfortunately they have no option other than to let Bosingwa off. I’m sure they would like to hand the Chelsea full-back a hefty fine or lengthy ban, but unfortunately they can’t. The FA’s stupid parents at FIFA won’t let them.

You could also blame the linesman closest to the Bowsingwa incident for not alerting the referee of the stamp.  It was truly remarkable that he did not even consider the assault a foul, especially given that he was only one yard away from the episode. In fact, he actually awarded a free-kick against Benayoun for some unknown reason. Even more remarkable.

But the main issue is with FIFA, whose terrible laws do not allow players to be punished after matches for crimes that were seen by the match-day officials. Sepp Blatter and his band of barmy brothers are trying out silly new ideas in youth championships, like experimenting with two extra officials behind each goal, but they are completely overlooking the most important matter of all.

If in this modern world of television replays and slow motion play-backs, footballers are still getting away with assault, then there is something seriously wrong. Why can’t FIFA just change the damn rule?!?

If FIFA think that not undermining the decisions of referees is more important than stamping out, quite literally in the Boswinga case, violent conduct, then the footballing world must be worried.

Boswinga’s challenge on Benayoun was an absolute disgrace, but so are FIFA for allowing it to go unpunished.

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  1. Girish

    February 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Had that been a Manchester United player, he’d have been out with a 10 game ban.
    When Rafa benitez outraged about United and Sir Alex getting consideration from referees, Scolari joined him in it.

    Now what do they got to say about that ?

  2. ish

    February 4, 2009 at 2:39 am

    um technically feigning injury is also within the rules since you dont get called for it. If you dont get called it makes it ok.
    That said as a chelsea fan i was disgusted by that little stunt that captain caveman pulled. Chelsea should fine him and drop him for a game or two just to teach him a lesson. It makes the game and club look bad. Once they fine him they should then donate the same amount of money to some nice cause(preferably something benayoun endorses) so that at least it looks like chelsea wants to make amends.

  3. Hank

    February 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Playing the ball to the corner flag, unlike some other forms of time wasting (e.g., feigning injuries to get medical attention, or really slow substitutions) is perfectly within the rules and seems like legitimate (if boring) tactic to employ. I can sympathize with Bosignwa's frustration, but he still deserved a red card and a suspension.

  4. Simon Burke

    February 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Pah, i am no Chelsea fan but I sympathise with what Bosingwa did.
    I hate intentional time wasting and Guardian Football weekly touched on this too. I reckon the ref just turned a blind eye to what was initially an act of poor sportsmanship. I think Arsenal must have started this as Kanu and then Henry were brilliant at holding that ball up near the flag and running off the clock. Its frustrating to watch when you need the ball back and Bosingwa did something that was a definite foul , and at least a yellow on any other part of the pitch but I think the ref (and other refs) tend to turn a blind
    eye to the foul here.
    Christ, its not like he kicked him hard, it was a shove with the boot – not the decapitation some people are making it out to be. It was a foul on a fella who was asking for it.

  5. John

    February 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Yossi should ask the FA to deal with this in a fair and appropriate manner. Otherwise he will report the incident to the Police citing Assault.

  6. dan

    February 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I agree. Things need to change

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