Thoughts of a Manchester United season ticket holder
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Wenger more guilty than Shawcross - Author's response
Firstly, many thanks to the thousands of you that read yesterdays article and to the small minority who left comments.
Secondly, i very rarely write response pieces to articles i write, but after reviewing how many individuals have got their proverbial knickers in a twist about my critical approach to Mr Arsene Wenger, i thought id clear a few things up.
The article was not written to be inflammatory in any way, shape or form whether you interpret it as that or not. The title "Wenger more guilty than Shawcross" is directed at which one was the more deliberate in their actions. I totally understand that Shawcross may well have ended a fellow young pro's career, and i hope and pray that that is not the case. However, in MY opinion, he did not deliberately go out to maul or injure Ramsey. It was a late tackle that was forceful. It happens every week. On this unfortunate occasion it lead to a disastrous outcome.
Wenger on the other hand is 100% deliberate in his approach and it is this that he should feel MORE guilty for. An elder statesman of English football such as himself should know better and he should know that our press will blow up everything that he says...and the point is HE DOES KNOW THIS AND THATS WHY HE DOES IT. As i watched the tackle on Sky Sports News i cringed and felt repulsed..but as they showed Wenger after the newsreel of the event i felt anger and gross disappointment. It is worth noting that had this had happened to Wayne Rooney (as many of the comments seem to wish) and Fergie had made the comments that Wenger did, i would be doubly upset and angered. I don't want to see contact eradicated from football. I also don't want refs to 'protect' players..i believe its the rule makers who have that responsibility. If in some mad way we decide to eradicate tackling, then its the rules which should protect players and allow ref to administer those rules. The fact is that currently Shawcross's tackle warranted a yellow card..but thankfully the ref sent him off as we would NEVER had heard the end of it.
Personally i want to see violent tackles eradicated by strong rule sets and hard suspensions implemented. For the Arsenal fanbase in particular, what do you think should have happened to William Gallas for his vile tackle at Bolton?? My opinion is that he should have been given a six match ban, a massive fine and a bloody great big slap. Here is Wengers dismissive comments regarding that tackle, and once again his stale paranoia regarding the sins against Arsenal football club
Nah..that tackle wasn't bad Wenger thinks..no intent from Gallas whatsoever..who does he think he is kidding?
As i said in the article all managers are biased and partisan..but this is a question of truth. I'm not expecting him not to be aggrieved that Ramsey has had such a bad injury, but he always takes the opportunity to spin the events...and people say our manager is the master of that!!
Just to make a point..regarding Roy Keanes tackle on Haaland once upon a long ago..it was a disgrace. Keano should have been severely punished. I don't care if its a United player or not dishing out the dirt..you do the crime, then you do the time.
Shawcross' tears do not negate what happened in the match. But he is damned if he cried or he is damned if he smiled. He will serve his ban, and then get on with it. If Wenger wants a massive change of rules he should harness his cult loving supporter base and get them to protest to FIFA.
And finally as they say on the news, thanks to the many that left vile personal comments directed at me, hoping for the death of myself, the death of my mother in a car crash, the many c words, f words, whatevs..you really showed your class in formulating an educated intelligent response. As a writer i know that not everything i say will be popular, but if its my opinion (and this is my blog after all) then i will write it. My conscience is clear regarding the allegations that the piece is xenophobic. It clearly is not. Also many thanks for the emails and tweets in support of the piece, many of which were from paid up Arsenal fans...So to genuine Arsenal fans that have found the piece offensive in any way then i offer a handshake..to the rest of you scumbags out there that use the internet as an anonymous way to vent your filthy spleens in the hidden environment of your parent's spare bedrooms, you know where you can stick it
Glory glory Man United
I will leave you with a very descriptive pic of Abou Diaby..once so cruely cut down by a tackle, dishing out what he thinks is a fair challenge..expect us all to go bonkers the next time a Gooner makes any sort of late challenge.
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is now a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'